LONDON, July 8 (Xinhua) -- Wayne Rooney, the Manchester United captain is poised to return to his boyhood club, Everton, if frenzied speculation Saturday in his home city, Liverpool, proves to be accurate.
He would become the club's highest wage earner, picking up around 194,000 U.S. dollars a week, half of his current weekly pay at Manchester United.
Ahead of any official announcement, sports commentators in Liverpool, are looking for even the slightest clue that Rooney will be coming home to Goodison.
The Echo reported Saturday that Rooney's wife, Coleen, may have "let the cat out of the bag" by "liking" a comment on a social media site linking her husband with an Everton comeback. Apparently the usually secretive Mrs Rooney rarely comments or "likes" social media postings.
The posting by Everton fan Tony Scott, "liked" by Rooney's wife, said: "Romelu Lukaku will sign for Manchester United while Wayne Rooney comes home tomorrow."
The Echo reported: "Rooney looks set to sign a two year deal with Everton which would make him the club's biggest earner on around 150,000 pounds a week. According to reports, the deal was agreed on Friday night and only a few remaining issues between the Rooney and current club Manchester United are to be ironed out before his sensational comeback is confirmed."
Rooney was aged just 9 when he joined Everton's youth team, sensationally making his professional debut in 2002 at the age of 16, making his international debut for England a year later. It was quickly apparent that a footballing star had been discovered and in 2004 Everton sold their star to Manchester United for a fee of 25.6 million pounds (33 million U.S. dollars). He went on to become United's biggest ever goal scorer.
It seems the next 48 hours may well show whether Rooney is heading back to Goodison, but some of th Goodison faithful are already preparing their "welcome home Wayne" banners.