Everton legend Leon Osman is excited by the possibility of Wayne Rooney returning to the club this summer.

The Manchester United captain has struggled for game time at Old Trafford over the last 18 months, with many quietly acknowledging the 31-year-old’s best days are behind him.

Osman however believes a player of Rooney’s undoubted quality would be an asset to any team – and the former central midfielder hopes his ex-teammate returns to Goodison Park this summer.

“I personally hope he comes to Everton, as an Everton fan,” Osman told BBC Radio 5Live Sport.

“He’s got a few years left in the game certainly. He may have played his best football but he’s still a good enough player to be able to perform in the Premier League.

“Everton have got an uncertainty about Lukaku and they’re in Europe again next season so there’s a number of games there.”

Rooney broke onto the scene during the 2002-03 season for the Toffees, scoring an outrageous 30-yard screamer past then-England goalkeeper David Seaman.

That game announced the player onto the world stage and the tenacious striker has gone on to win every trophy possible at Old Trafford, a feat completed by last week’s Europa League triumph over Ajax.

Rooney only played a handful of minutes in that victory though, and it is that pursuit of game time that will inevitably force England’s record goalscorer to look at moving away from Manchester United – and a move home to Everton could well be the answer.

Ronald Koeman has stated he wants to sign players that will add goals to his team and the Toffees are seemingly ready to add a few attacking players this summer.

Rooney’s potential wages would surely be a stumbling block in any Everton deal, with the Englishman able to earn much more in the MLS or China.


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