Wayne Rooney Likely to accept Everton's offer as they step up interest

Everton has step up their interest in re-signing Manchester United captain, striker Wayne Rooney. Report says, there is increased momentum behind a deal to take Rooney back to Merseyside.
The 31-year-old, who started 15 Premier League games last season, has a contract with United until 2019, and his playing opportunities had been limited under Jose Mourinho's management.

Rooney's long-time adviser Paul Stretford held talks over a possible move to China in February. And Everton's major shareholder Farhad Moshiri would consider Rooney's return to Goodison Park as a major coup.

Rooney has said repeatedly that he would not leave Old Trafford for any Premier League team other than Everton, although it is understood that they are not the only club interested.

Everton's director of football Steve Walsh said in February that "it would be wrong" to ignore a potential deal for the forward, who is United's record goalscorer.

"Of course. I've been at this club for 13 years, but I want to play football," the England star said in May, when asked if he wanted to stay at Old Trafford.

Rooney began his career at Goodison Park before joining United for £27m in August 2004.

However, 24-year-old Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata, has emerged as United's preferred striking option to replace the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and with any deal likely to mean Rooney will be allowed to leave Old Trafford.