Wayne Rooney is reportedly set to try experimental drugs to stop going bald.

The United star’s hair has been thinning for years even though he’s only 23, and now he’s said to be planning to take Finasteride tablets to avoid going completely bald.

A source told the News of the World: “Wayne’s wanted this so long. It won’t suddenly give him a head of hair but will stop the rot.”

Studies of the drug, which converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, have shown it promotes hair growth in around 50% of those with “mild to moderate hair loss”.

Until this year, sportsmen have been banned from taking it because it was thought it could mask steroids but even though it’s now legal, it might not be the best time for Wayne to take it - he’s expecting his first child later this year with wife Coleen Rooney and the drug, even just dust or crumbs from the tablets, can cause birth defects in a developing baby boys.

A second source added: “They’re going to have their 20 week scan soon to find out whether they’re having a boy or a girl.

“To be on the safe side though, he should probably save his vanity until after the baby arrives.”