Stoke are ready to take an amazing gamble on signing Wayne Rooney — with the backing of their sponsors Bet365.

The Potters ' manager Mark Hughes is behind the move to try to tempt the Manchester United star to ignore offers from China and the USA and stay in the Premier League with the Midlands club.

It's an ambitious project, but Bet365 comfortably have the financial clout to assemble a £45million package to tempt Rooney.

The UK-based online gambling company was founded by Stoke's chairman Peter Coates and is one of the major players in the betting industry with 20 million customers in 200 countries.