By Danny Wright
Everton manager Ronald Koeman is set to hold crunch talks with Wayne Rooney on Tuesday after the summer signing was charged with drink driving last week, according to a report.
The Mirror claims that Koeman, 54, could hit Rooney, 31, with a two-week fine which amounts to £320,000 and will threaten the attacker that he will be placed on the transfer list if a similar thing was to happen again.
It is understood that the Goodison Park boss had concerns over his senior players’ drinking habits prior to signing him and made it clear that he didn’t want the issue to become of concern during his return to Merseyside.
Rooney re-signed for Everton in early July after spending 13 years at Man United, where he won five Premier League titles and one Champions League winners medal.
He has already emerged as a key player for the Toffees in the opening games of the season, scoring two goals in seven appearances across all competitions while playing mainly as a striker with Sandro Ramirez injured.
Football Insider Verdict
Rooney was perhaps bought to Goodison Park to be a good influence on all of the younger players who Koeman is looking to develop while at the helm. The ex-Man United and England star is one of the biggest names in European football and having him on the books at Everton is massive for Koeman and the entire squad. But things like this could really turn his Merseyside return from a dream into a nightmare. There’s little chance that Koeman would be brave enough to transfer list the forward because he largely failed to sign new strikers in the summer transfer window after Romelu Lukaku left. After Sandro, Rooney is perhaps the only other option with Oumar Niasse out of favour.