Former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane has said that Wayne Rooney would be making “a good move” if he left Manchester United for Goodison Park in this summer’s transfer window.
Rooney, 31, has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford ahead of the new season after struggling for first-team football last term.
A return to Everton, who the forward represented between 1996 and 2004, has been mentioned in various quarters, and Kilbane has called on the England captain to turn down offers from Asia and America to return to Merseyside.
Kilbane told Goal.com:
“That’s been going around now for quite a while. Wayne Rooney will probably will leave United, yes. To go to Everton might be a good move for him because the way he left Everton didn’t quite work well for him from a personal point of view.
“Growing up he was a huge Everton fan. I think it will be a good move but his agent said that he has got offers from around the world. So it might not necessarily be to stay in the Premier League.
“It looks to me that he will be leaving Old Trafford. He might come to Asia, China, one of the European clubs or stay in the Premier League and go to Everton.”
Rooney, who once scored 72 goals in one season for Liverpool Schoolboys, joined Everton at the age of nine, and netted 114 goals in 29 games for Everton’s Under-10 and Under-11 teams.
The forward was just 15 when he turned out for Everton’s Under-19 side, before making the breakthrough at first-team level during the 2002-03 campaign, managing eight goals in 37 appearances.
In total, Rooney managed 17 goals in 77 appearances for Everton before joining Man United in a £25m move in the summer of 2004.