Speculation: Rooney to return to roots with possible Everton offer

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Rooney, 31, came up through the ranks at Goodison Park having joined the Toffees at the age of just nine, and announced himself on the Premier League stage with a last-gap victor against Arsenal in 2002.

Indeed, Rooney has only started nine Premier League games for Mourinho's men this season since the Portuguese coach's appointment at Old Trafford last summer.

Rooney will get to play first team football again, after achieving nearly everything possible at Old Trafford.

The veteran forward nearly left the club in January amid interest from a slew of Chinese Super League clubs.

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It remains to be seen, however, if he will stay at the club beyond this summer.

Everton has also been mentioned, but is Rooney a better option than the team's current forwards?

The 31-year-old also missed an important team meeting led by England manager Gareth Southgate where he laid out his vision for the future.

West Ham are reportedly plotting a surprise summer raid for Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney. United would move the player on, Rooney would get the chance be a regular starter again, and wouldn't have to go to China.

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West Ham have now been added to the list of potential suitors, with the East Londoners keen to bolster their attacking options.

However, sources have now confirmed that the Hammers would not be able to afford such a costly transfer, with Rooney's wages prohibitive.

The striker will probably not want to take a cut in salary with only a few seasons of his career remaining, and, given his proclaimed love for United, moving overseas would seem like the only possible outcome.

However, this definitely seems like a signing West Ham would try make.

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