Wayne Rooney is still to make up his mind on his next move as his likely Manchester United exit moves closer.
The 31-year-old has decided against a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League, but with the Red Devils set to pursue Antoine Griezmann this summer, all the indications are that the England captain won’t be at Old Trafford next season.
Ronald Koeman has openly told Sky Sports of Everton’s interest in the former Toffees star, and the same source are reporting that the player will consider a return to Goodison Park 13 years after moving across the north-west.
Koeman said earlier this week:
“He still has two or three years in front of him to play at the highest level.
“What will happen at the end of the season, I do not know? In my opinion he’s one of the players who can make Everton stronger than they are now.
“I still think Wayne Rooney is playing at a high level and he made a good choice staying at Manchester United and in the Premier League.
“It’s all about what the players likes, what Manchester United need to do and we are not involved in that project. Every player who we feel can make the team stronger is welcome at Everton.”
Everton could do with a versatile forward who can play either up front or just behind the striker, so Rooney would fit the bill.
Indeed, it’d be interesting to see what kind of reception he got from the Everton fans, who turned him into a hate figure when he left Merseyside as a teenager.
Rooney has mellowed since then, and it would be the perfect way for him to wind down his illustrious career without really having to take a step backwards.
Koeman attempted to sign him on loan in January, but United rebuffed Everton’s overtures.