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Wayne Rooney, pictured, was not even on the bench for Sir Alex Ferguson's final home game before his retirement

Wayne Rooney, pictured, was not even on the bench for Sir Alex Ferguson's final home game before his retirement

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Wayne Rooney, pictured, was not even on the bench for Sir Alex Ferguson's final home game before his retirement

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has laughed off claims that he will try to sign England striker Wayne Rooney this summer.

A report on the Sports Direct news website, which is linked to club owner Mike Ashley's business, this week claimed preliminary talks had already taken place with the 27-year-old's future at Manchester United uncertain after he handed in a transfer request.

The story was quickly retracted and Pardew is not expecting the club to renew its interest in Rooney after making a failed £25million bid for him when he was a teenager.

Pardew said: "When Demba [Ba] went in January and we didn't secure [Loic] Remy, it was obvious that we were going to need to bring in a striker or two in this summer window, and hopefully we can.

"But Rooney won't be one of them, 100 per cent, I can assure you."

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