Everton leading Rooney chase but Hammers are keen

Everton have moved into pole position to land their former star Wayne Rooney, but they face rival Premier League interest, our Football Insider Graeme Bailey has learned.

The 31-year-old was an Evertonian-born and bred and came through their ranks before making his debut aged 16, but things turned sour when he left for Manchester United age just 18 for £25million.

Rooney has since become the highest scorer in United history and now he is ready to leave Old Trafford this summer.

He turned down moves to China last month, and the Super League clubs remain keen – but our Football Insider Graeme Bailey understands he wants to stay in England.

“I have been told that Rooney has informed his advisors that, ideally, he can play another two-years in the Premier League – plus he does not want to be apart from his family, who would not move to China with him, should he take that route,” said Bailey.

“Everton have made it quite clear that Rooney will be made welcome back at Goodison Park, but I understand that West Ham are one of a couple of other clubs who are ready to make him an offer. West Ham are ready to match any offer on the table.”

On the back of the news that Rooney is keen on a return to Everton, they have been cut to Evens in the betting to get him – however, you can get 33/1 on West Ham.

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