Andy Hinchcliffe has questioned whether a Wayne Rooney transfer back to Everton would be right for the player or the club.
Toffees boss Ronald Koeman and director of football Steve Walsh both reiterated their interest in signing the Manchester United striker in the summer
But Hinchcliffe told Premier League Daily: “You can’t go back to Everton for sentimental reasons.
“If you look at Everton, everything’s moving forward in terms Ronald Koeman, the money they’re spending on players, the style of football they’re looking to play and what they’re looking to achieve.
“I’m not saying Wayne Rooney would be a backward step but, to me, it would be a bit sentimental; it would be a short-term solution. Maybe for a year or more he could give something to Everton.
“Of course he would love to go back to the club he started his career with. But is that what Everton really need? Is that what Wayne Rooney really needs? I am not so sure.”