Once a blue: Wayne Rooney could wind down his career at boyhood club Everton

By Will Butcher

Duncan Ferguson has called on manager Ronald Koeman to orchestrate a Goodison Park return for Wayne Rooney.

The 31-year-old England star has fallen down the pecking order at Manchester United, despite still being the club captain of Jose Mourinho’s side.

In quotes published by the Daily Star, Koeman revealed that Ferguson and Rooney are good friends, and that the former Everton bruiser would like to see Rooney back in Merseyside.

“[Rooney] still has season tickets at Everton, because he’s a good friend of Duncan,” Koeman said. “Duncan has asked me every day: ‘Can we get Rooney in? Can we get Rooney in?’”

Rooney is currently under the media spotlight after being found drunk in England’s hotel while on international duty, despite not featuring against Spain.

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Manchester United’s number 10 moved to Old Trafford from Everton back in 2004 for £20million, after scoring an impressive 15 Premier League goals in just 40 starts for the Toffees.

Now in his 13th season with United, Rooney has amassed an incredible total of 248 goals in 533 league and cup appearances, taking him to within one goal of Bobby Charlton’s all-time record.

Expected to feature against Arsenal on the weekend, Rooney will be looking to impress once again as Everton boss Koeman looks on with a potential January transfer in mind.

Football Insider verdict:

A move for Rooney would benefit all parties. Everton would be receiving a world-class player who still has years left in the tank to perform at the highest level. United and Mourinho would be losing a fantastic player, but they would be wiping out around £300,000-a-week from their wage bill as well as constant media criticism on both the form and position of Rooney. For the versatile star himself, a move back to where it all began could prove too good to turn down, but he may have some work to do to displace the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley. With the weight of Duncan Ferguson behind the move, who knows what could happen?

In other Everton transfer news, fans have reacted on Twitter to speculation over a move for another United star.