Koeman would welcome Rooney return

Everton manager Ronald Koeman says he would welcome Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney back to the club as a player as he would improve the Toffees' squad.

The 31-year-old Rooney came through the youth ranks at Everton and made his Premier League debut for the Merseyside club at the age of 16 in 2002.

The England captain transferred to United in 2004 and has gone on to become the Red Devils' all-time leading goal-scorer, breaking Bobby Charlton's record, but has lost his place in Jose Mourinho's starting line-up.

Rooney has over the last few seasons been linked with a return to Goodison Park and Koeman feels the player still has 'two or three years' at the highest level.

Koeman told Sky Sports: "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.

"He still has two or three years in front of him to play at the highest level. 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.

"It's all about what the players 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."