Everton manager Ronald Koeman says he would be “pleased” to bring Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney back to the club.
Rooney, 31, has had his future questioned by several newspapers after being dropped from the starting line-up by Jose Mourinho.
“He is a great player, and he has still not finished his career,” said Koeman.
“I do not know how his situation is, and I need to respect that situation. That’s not my problem.
“But even when we get one time the possibility that Rooney is an option for Everton, I’m very pleased.”
Rooney joined United from Everton for £27m in 2004, since when he has scored 246 goals in 532 games for the club.
Everton host West Ham on Sunday having been on a poor run of four games without a win.
Despite that run they sit sixth in the Premier League table, but Koeman wants a victory to stay in touch with the leading group
“We know if you don’t win in four games then you get closer to a must-win game. We want to turn things around,” he added.
“We’re prepared. It’s not always sunny and everything doesn’t always go right but we need to support each other.”