Report: Everton eye sensational striker signing, player on £230,000-a-week
By Harry Sykes
Everton are eyeing a sensational return for Wayne Rooney amid reports he will quit Manchester United.
The Mail claim the boyhood Goodison fan and star product of the club’s academy has decided to leave Old Trafford after accepting his career at the Premier League giants is coming to a close.
It is said that United and England’s record goalscorer is “unhappy with a reduced role under Jose Mourinho and has told friends he is leaving” as he looks to end his association with a club that dates back to 2004.
The Mail quote a source who states that the “writing is on the wall” for Rooney at United and that he does not want to continue with a fringe playing role.
This paves the way for the 31-year-old striker to join a new club either in the next week or when the European transfer window opens in the summer.
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The Mail report it is unlikely that Rooney will make a mega-money move to the cash-rich Chinese league before the deadline of next week and note he also has interest from Major League Soccer in America, a popular final stop-off for English players at the back ends of their careers.
Intriguingly, the newspaper state that Everton are keen to re-sign the player who controversially quit Goodison after his memorable performances for England at Euro 2004.
One hurdle to overcome will be Rooney’s £230,000-a-week wages, a figure which would comfortably smash Everton’s current wage structure.
However, the Merseysiders are cash-rich following the investment of billionaire majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri last year and have demonstrated their ambition in the transfer market in the last two windows while also paying big money to install Ronald Koeman as manager.
Rooney has 18 months left on his United contract but has been on the fringes for much of this season as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial contest the United forward roles.
He has not started a Premier League game since 17 December and has scored only two league goals this season.
In total, Rooney has made 29 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals and supplying 10 assists.
In other Everton transfer news, the club have agreed the terms of an out-of-window striker transfer.