A real stir was caused earlier today when a website claimed discussions had taken place between Newcastle United and Wayne Rooney over a transfer.
While the talks were described as 'low-level', they attracted national attention due to the source of the claims - SportsDirect News.
The website is branded by the company owned by none other than Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, leading many to ask if it were (a) a publicity stunt to boost season ticket sales or (b) if there was in fact behind it.
Certainly it was not (b) for very quickly there were denials issued, with local newspapers in the North East branding it 'rubbish' and a source from the club telling the Mirror it was 'nonsense'.
This evening the website has issued a statement and the story has been removed from the site.
A statement read: "SportsDirect News wishes to express its sincere apologies to Wayne Rooney and [his agents] Triple Sports and Entertainment Group for publishing the article 'Newcastle in shock Rooney bid', which was formulated and published without authority, merit and is untrue."
Newcastle originally made an attempt to sign Rooney back in 2004 before Manchester United bought him from Everton, and his future is up for debate having handed in a transfer request three weeks ago.
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