Bookies suspend betting as Rooney closes on Everton return

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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.

Forward Rooney is likely to play in a No 10 role, with Giroud, 30, set to partner him up front in place of Romelu Lukaku, who is poised to move to Chelsea for £90 million.

The 31-year-old is England and Manchester United's all-time leading goalscorer, and it is these records which may be behind the decision Koeman has taken to bring in one of the league's most recognised stars.

Jose Mourinho will also now need to appoint a new captain at Old Trafford.

Now Everton have stepped up their interest and, according to The Sun, the deal is all but done.

The player's agent, Paul Stretford, is in talks with Everton over the proposed switch, although there are several hurdles to clear before any deal is finalised.

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Wayne Rooney is set to meet Ronald Koeman this week as he prepares to leave Manchester United and return to boyhood club Everton.

They had a loan bid rejected in January but talks have been revived this week after Rooney chose to stay in England following a family holiday in Mykonos mulling over his future.

Everton have already signed the likes of Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford this summer but bagging Rooney on a free could prove the jewel in the crown of an already busy summer at Goodison.

If the transfer is not completed by then, it remains in the balance whether Rooney will be in Mourinho's squad for the trip.

Yesterday, Arsenal announced the signing of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon for an undisclosed fee with British media reports putting the deal at £44m - eclipsing Mesut Ozil as Arsenal's most expensive signing. "Everton was always his preferred option".

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