Contract discussions must be going well between Wayne Rooney and Manchester United, as earlier today Rooney told BBC's Football Focus ahead of Sunday's Barclays Premier League game against dead-bottom Fulham:
'It is a great aim for myself to try and get Sir Bobby's record, both at club and international level.
'It is something which I would like to do. If I can do that I would be really proud because it has stood for a long time.'
Rooney's current deal at United is set to expire at the end of next season, and with 41 goals separating his current total to Charlton's overall 249-goal record then he must be looking at a long-term United stay.
And the United striker is only 11-goals behind Charlton's England record of 49, so it could be a double whammy for the England international if Rooney does go on to break both his records.
It is a remarkable fact that Rooney has only won the Manchester United top goalscorer award three times out of a possible nine, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Dimitar Berbatov, Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Robin Van Persie all pipping him to it in previous years.
But there is a very real chance that by the time he hangs his boots up, he could be statistically the greatest striker England has ever had.
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