Every now and again we catch an Everton fan or two in the Transfer Tavern watching that Wayne Rooney goal vs. Arsenal through tear-soaked eyes, clearly imagining what could have been had the local lad stayed put and not joined Manchester United in 2004.
And they may get a small glimpse of what might have happened if Ronald Koeman’s latest utterances are to be believed, with the Dutchman having dropped a massive hint that the 31-year-old England skipper is in the Merseyside club’s thoughts ahead of the summer.
Rooney’s own future at Man United has been discussed widely of late, and although a mooted £1m-a-week move to the Chinese Super League has not come off, there have been suggestions from the Independent that the Old Trafford hero will be allowed to leave the club at the end of the season to make room for Antoine Griezmann.
And now Koeman has dropped a big hint that should Man United’s all-time leading goalscorer be on the move this summer, Everton will be interested:
“I believe that Rooney is still playing at a high level. I think he made a good choice to stay at Man United and stay in the Premier League because he still has two/three years in front of him to play at a high football level,” he told Sky Sports.
“What happens at the end of the season? I don’t know. In my opinion he’s one of the players who can make Everton more stronger than Everton is.
“It’s all about what the player likes, what Man United need to do. We are not involved in that project but every player that we think can make the team stronger is welcome to Everton.”
As one eager punter by the bar has pointed out the move makes real sense, with Rooney needing to stay at the highest level if he has ambitions of captaining England at the World Cup in 2018, and to be honest, he has a real point!
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