By Alex Stevens
Everton fans have urged their club to make a move for Wayne Rooney amid reports he wants to quit Manchester United.
The Mail claim the England and United skipper has made the bombshell decision to leave Old Trafford after growing resigned to his fringe status in the team.
It is said that Everton are keen on re-signing the club’s academy product although they face the major hurdle of offering a wage package that could tempt him.
Rooney has 18 months remaining on his £230,000-a-week United contract that makes him one of the highest paid players in the top flight.
Everton fans took to social media to give their verdicts on what would be a sensational return to his boyhood club, with many stating it would be a match made in heaven.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
I’d be very surprised to see Rooney move to China. Still think there would be huge value in #EFC putting a bid in the summer
— Daniel Button (@D_Button) February 22, 2017
— Mark Sanchez (@MarkSanch3z) February 21, 2017
Evertonians asking what Rooney can offer Everton. Unbelievable. He’s a fan and more importantly a winner. That’s the mentality we need #efc
— Tony cat (@tonycat83) February 21, 2017
Would be a huge coup for Everton to sign Rooney even at 31. Certainly would benefit the squad and he’s still a huge global name/brand. #EFC
— Ell Bretland (@EllBretland) February 21, 2017
Really looks like Rooney will be back at #EFC this summer. The sooner blues get their head around it and look at the positives the better.
— John Merro (@johnmerro1) February 21, 2017
Rooney is the record goalscorer for United and England but has been marginalised by the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic last summer and the emergence of Marcus Rashford.
Manager Jose Mourinho does not regard the 31-year-old as a midfielder and has used him almost exclusively in forward roles.
Rooney has scored five goals and provided 10 assists from 29 matches in all competitions this season, but he has scored just twice in the league and has not started a Premier League fixture for two months.
In other Everton transfer news, the club have agreed the terms of an out-of-window striker transfer.