PL rivals saw audacious January bid for Manchester United legend rejected

Everton reportedly made a surprise January bid to re-sign Wayne Rooney, but Manchester United rejected their approach for the forward.

The 31-year-old left Everton for £27m in 2004, and has gone on to win countless trophies and surpass Sir Bobby Charlton as the club’s all-time top goalscorer at Old Trafford.

However, with his role diminishing at United, he has been linked with an exit, and according to The Mirror, the Toffees made their move to try and prise him back to Goodison Park.

On that occasion, it was United who rejected the approach and so it remains to be seen whether or not they try again in the summer.

Meanwhile, as noted in the report, Rooney has also rejected a lucrative move to China ahead of the CSL’s February 28 transfer deadline. In turn, that may also now be on hold until the end of the season, but it remains to be seen what the England international opts to do.

It’s claimed that while his agent is in China for another round of meetings, a summer move to the Far East appears to be the more likely scenario.

However, Ronald Koeman evidently still rates Rooney, and so he’ll be keen to do his best to persuade him to choose the sentimental option and return to his boyhood club.

Nevertheless, it would be naive to think that at this stage of his career Rooney wouldn’t be tempted by reported offers of £600,000-a-week in China, as noted by the Mirror, and so it will ultimately come down to financial reasons against a desire to continue to play in England and with his former club.

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