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Wayne Rooney at the center of the TV tug-of-war as Sky, BT Sport, BBC and ITV battle to sign him as a pundit after leaving Derby

WAYNE ROONEY is at the center of a TV tug-of-war as networks battle to enlist him as an expert.

Sun Online can reveal that both Sky and BT are “desperate” to sign the ex-England and Manchester United striker, who left as Derby County boss last week.

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Sources say the 36-year-old is able to “name his price” as channels race for her star summer signing.

A source told the Sun Online: “Sky and BT would love to have Wayne as part of their team of experts and are keen to get their man.

“He played Monday night football on Sky before and was really good and was well received by the crowd.

“Wayne has good banter with both Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville, so the producers think he could be a brilliant part of the set-up and a natural fit.

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“However, BT is also circling.

“Wayne is an absolute legend of the game and they know it would be a huge coup to add him to their team. He is keeping his options open for the time being and will be speaking on both channels.

“It’s likely that he’ll end up getting his price tag for where he works and it doesn’t go beyond areas where he could also work for broadcasters in America and the Far East, which a lot of other players do.

“Rooney remains a god in China because of his time at Manchester United and he’s also massively admired in America after his playing days there…”

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And Wayne is also attracting the attention of terrestrial broadcasters looking to finalize their World Cup lineups.

“Wayne is one of England’s greatest players so having him on the World Cup team would be a natural fit,” our source added.

Despite being relegated with Derby, Rooney has cemented his reputation as a rising manager.

He will return to coaching school later this year to complete his management badges.

And finally he wants to go back to the dugout.

Our insider added: “Wayne has no intention of becoming the next Gary Neville by taking a management job and then working in television for the rest of his life.

“But he will be able to combine his coaching position with TV work for a few more months, so the idea appeals to him very much.”

The work could also help Rooney pay for his wife’s reportedly staggering legal costs in his Wagatha-Christie dispute.

A judge will decide later this year whether the Rooneys will have to pay fees, which could exceed £1million.

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