By Matt Farr
Ex-Premier League defender Richard Dunne believes that Wayne Rooney would be a great signing for Everton.
The 31-year-old goal-machine has been strongly linked with the exit door at Manchester United this summer and Everton have emerged as prime candidates to sign him.
Dunne, who began his senior career with the Merseyside club, believes that Rooney still has a lot left in the tank, and could be a great signing for the club.
He told TalkSport: “It would be a great signing. There is a lot left in Wayne Rooney. He has obviously not had a run of games this year, but in terms of fitness and ability that is not really in question.
“He just has to look at Ibrahimovic and see how strong and how good he is at his age, 35. Rooney is only 31.
“It would be a great signing for Everton, if they can get him, but I’m sure there will be a long list of clubs who think Rooney can improve their side.”
Both manager Ronald Koeman and director of football Steve Walsh have publicly declared their interest in bringing the former Everton star back to Goodison Park at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, the Times claim that Everton are expected to step up their interest with a formal bid, with Rooney growing increasingly unsettled at Old Trafford this season.
The Everton supporters are largely in favour of a return for Rooney, who scored 17 goals from 77 appearances for the club as a teenager.
However, England’s record goalscorer has made just eight Premier League starts under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United this season.
Furthermore, he has not played a full 90 minutes for the club in the league since the defeat to Watford on September 18.
The goal machine has proved himself in the Premier League over the years though, scoring 194 times in 452 domestic appearances and would be seen as a great replacement for Romelu Lukaku.
Several Chinese Super League clubs have also shown an interest in acquiring Rooney’s services, but failed in their attempts to complete a deal before Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
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