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Wayne Rooney can ‘improve’ Everton

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Wayne Rooney is capable of improving Everton should he return to Goodison Park this summer, according to Toffees boss Ronald Koeman.

The Manchester United striker has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford as he struggles to gain first-team opportunities under Jose Mourinho.

China was mooted as a potential destination but Rooney appears to have dismissed that for now.

Should he decide to stay in the Premier League then his boyhood club Everton have declared their interest in bringing him back to Merseyside.

Rooney left the club in acrimonious circumstances and has not always enjoyed a good relationship with Everton fans as a result.

In his testimonial last August, United played Everton at Old Trafford with Rooney saying the opponents were the only two clubs he would ever consider playing for in the Premier League.

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The 31-year-old has 16 months left on his £300,000-per-week contract at United but Everton are monitoring his situation closely.

Koeman feels the England forward would have plenty to offer and the Dutchman is clearly keen on pursuing interest in Rooney.

“He still has two or three years in front of him to play at the highest level,” Koeman told Sky Sports.

“What will happen at the end of the season, I do not know? In my opinion he’s one of the players who can make Everton stronger than they are now.

“I still think Wayne Rooney is playing at a high level and he made a good choice staying at Manchester United and in the Premier League.

“It’s all about what the player’s likes, what Manchester United need to do and we are not involved in that project. Every player who we feel can make the team stronger is welcome at Everton.”

Everton are 5.50 to win away at Spurs on Sunday. The home side are 1.62 with the draw at White Hart Lane 4.00.