Tabloids report United and Everton discussing Rooney – Lukaku swap

Bill Kenwright, the Everton chairman, met with Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, on Wednesday as talks gathered pace.Now Rooney appears to have made a decision to leave United in search of regular first team football, with Everton boss Ronald Koeman open to the prospect of the veteran striker returning to the club where he started his career.Rooney has been increasingly deployed in a more withdrawn, deep-lying role for United in recent appearances but there is hope a return to Goodison Park will see him restored to a central striking role under Ronald Koeman, especially if Romelu Lukaku is heading away from Merseyside.Joey Barton says Wayne Rooney’s return to Everton will be a “phenomenal move for both parties”. Rooney has, in the past, apparently been edging closer to joining Manchester City and Chelsea in years gone by, but this feels undeniably different. It’s arguably a risky strategy for a player with two years left on his contract, but then so is holding out for a club that can’t sign him for another six months, going into a World Cup year…United are in need of a striking alternative after a serious knee injury meant Zlatan Ibrahimovic was forced to cut short his time at the club, and Lukaku would strike as a savvy signing.The 24-year-old, who came through Manchester United’s youth system, has played twice for England and becomes the club’s fifth summer signing after Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen, Henry Onyekuru and Sandro Ramirez.The 24-year-old Belgium worldwide striker has been heavily linked with a move away from Goodison Park this summer as he rejected the offer of a bumper new deal and has made no secret of his desire to play in the Champions League.There were rumours the England global would look to join either an MLS club or Chinese Super League team, but those reports seem to have died down. It should also be remembered Everton are in Europe this season, and are quite likely to opt for a significantly different lineup in cup competitions than the one they use for Premier League games.Gylfi Sigurdsson of Swansea is another player Koeman admires for the same position, and were Everton to be in a position to land the Iceland worldwide it is hard to know what role Rooney may be asked to fulfil.With Mourinho having informed Rooney that he is no longer a first choice player, the former England captain, who’s scored over 250 goals for Man Utd, has been looking elsewhere.