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Chelsea on alert over Rooney

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David Moyes recently admitted there was no rush to begin talks with Wayne Rooney © PA Photos
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Wayne Rooney is back on Jose Mourinho's hit-list as the striker is yet to be tied to a new contract by Manchester United, according to reports in the British press.

Chelsea tried to sign Rooney in August but had their efforts thwarted by United, who rebuffed two offers for the striker.

It emerged in November that United were preparing to offer a £52 million deal to keep Rooney at Old Trafford, although David Moyes recently admitted there was no rush to begin talks with the 28-year-old.

However, with news emerging that Rooney is still waiting on a new contract offer from his current employers, the Daily Mirror reports Mourinho is now back in the frame as the January transfer window looms.

Rooney's existing deal expires in 18 months, and it is reported Chelsea will use that time to lure the 28-year-old to Stamford Bridge, preferably before the 2014 World Cup commences.

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