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Wayne Rooney odds-on to leave Man United

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They say the bookies are never wrong - and if you look at the various markets three players who look certain to play elsewhere next season are Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bayle and Leighton Baines.

Don't read anything into the fact that Rooney is absent for United last game of the season at West Brom  - and Sir Alex Ferguson's last game as manager - Rooney's wife Colleen is expecting their second child. The die was cast several weeks ago according to football punting expert Joe Ross from www.­footyinsider.­co.­uk:

'Rooney has had a poor season by his own standards, and the emergence of Robin Van Persie has put the spotlight on Rooney's sub-standard season. To cap it all Sir Alex Ferguson is being replaced by david Moyes. Rooney's amd Moyes fell out spectacularly and Moyes sued Roonet and won over parts of his auto biography.

'With both factors added together Rooney seems to have made his own mind up and there will be several clubs - possibly Arsenal included who might look at him if he is in the £30 million bracket. Skybet's 8/15 he leaves man United before the strat of next season looks like a bet to take.

'Less obvious is Gareth Bayle. But if Arsenal finish fourth and Spurs miss out on Champions League football again, Bayle may well consider a move. The player of the season may feel his chance with Spurs has gone if they again miss out. Arsenal need a point at St James Park and it doesn't matter what Spurs do against Sunderland.

'With Paul Scholes retiring, Man United at 3/1 looks a better bet than Real Madrid at 11/4 to be Bayle's next club.

'David Moyes may have a busy summer at Old Trafford, and he may well see money from the sale of Rooney as money well spent if he can also capture the likes of Leighton Baines from his old club, Everton. This looks almost a done deal with the full-back an 8/11 shot to be joining the Red Devils.'

The season may nearly be over but the soap opera that is the Premier League will continue all summer.

JB

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