Everton’s director of football Steve Walsh says he would personally drive to Manchester to pick up Wayne Rooney and bring him back to Goodison Park if he wants to return to his boyhood club.
Although Rooney has broken United’s all-time goalscoring record this term - following on from the mark he has already set for his country - game time has been limited under Jose Mourinho, sparking intense speculation regarding his future and prompting him to release a statement distancing himself from links to the Chinese Super League.
While the riches in Asia are being ignored for now, it continues to be suggested that the 31-year-old will soon be on the move.
Everton have left the door open for their former academy graduate, with Ronald Koeman hinting at a possible approach, and Walsh admits that he would be delighted to see a deal done.
He told The Times: “He’s a top player.
“If the opportunity arose to bring him back, and it sat well with everyone, I’d drive over myself and get him.
“The only person this can be driven by is Wayne and how much he wants to come back to Everton.”
Goal revealed on Thursday that Rooney is open to returning to his roots this summer, with there an acceptance on his part that he may have to take on a new challenge in order to find regular minutes.