Everton boss Ronald Koeman would relish chance to bring Wayne Rooney back
Everton boss Ronald Koeman will be "very pleased" should the opportunity come about for him to bring Wayne Rooney back to the club.
There has been plenty of talk of late about the prospect of Manchester United captain Rooney leaving Old Trafford, with him having been dropped to the Red Devils' bench last month.
On Friday, Koeman was asked how likely it might be that Rooney returns to Everton, who the 31-year-old left in 2004 to join United.
And the Toffees manager replied: "First of all, I think it is a great player, and he has still not finished his career.
"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."
When then asked if he was surprised by some of the criticism Rooney has had, Koeman added: "But that is part of football.
"He is enough of an experienced person in football that he knows what can happen and everybody gets periods of critics.
"It is part of football and of the business, and you need to stay calm - that is the best thing you can do."
Koeman was speaking at his press conference ahead of Sunday's Premier League home clash with West Ham, in which the Merseyside outfit hope to return to winning ways.
The 2-1 league loss at Burnley last weekend made it five straight games in all competitions without a victory, a sequence that was preceded by five wins on the bounce.
Everton will once again on Sunday be without full-back Leighton Baines and midfielder James McCarthy, who have both been troubled by hamstring problems.
Since the last international break earlier this month, McCarthy has featured as a substitute in a 1-1 draw at Manchester City and then missed the Burnley game.
Prior to the match against City, Koeman expressed his unhappiness with McCarthy's handling by the Republic of Ireland, who the 25-year-old had played almost two full matches for having not featured for Everton since August 23 because of a groin injury which required surgery.
The Dutchman at that time was quoted as saying the Republic were "killing" the "massively overloaded" McCarthy.
And on Friday Koeman said regarding the player's current condition: "It is a slight hamstring problem.
"That came out of when he played, after he played for Ireland, and everybody knows what my reaction was at that time.
"The boy needs training. That's what he needs before starting to play - but we know in two weeks, again we have the international duty.
"But it's not the moment to talk about that. We need to keep focused on Sunday."
The Toffees later announced that former Football League chairman Keith Harris has joined their board having helped to facilitate the investment by Farhad Moshiri earlier this year.
Harris has been involved with investment deals at a number of other top-flight clubs and served as a director of Wembley National Stadium, the owners of the national stadium.