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Rooney Joins Nigeria’s Onyekuru at Everton



In what is best described as return to first love, Wayne Rooney has made a dramatic return to his first Premiership outfit, Everton.

He left the club to join Manchester United 13 years ago. Rooney, who is out of favour with Manchester United’s manager, Jose Mourinho and also lost his starting position in England’s team under Gareth Southgate.

The Manchester United all-time top scorer joins Nigeria’s Henry Onyekuru who has also made a return to Everton after a loan spell. Rooney has arrived at Everton’s training ground to undergo his medical.

According to United States’ Sporting News, Rooney joined United from Everton for £27m on the back of stunning displays at Euro 2004 and went on to win five Premier League titles, four League Cups and the 2015-16 FA Cup on his way to a personal tally of 253 goals.

He starred as United won their third Champions League in 2007-08, before going on to claim glory in the FIFA Club World Cup. His last act as a United player is likely to be a substitute appearance as they defeated Ajax in last season’s Europa League final.



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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