Wayne Rooney will reportedly sign for Everton this week

Wayne Rooney is set to join Everton on a free transfer from Manchester United by the end of this week, according to reports.

The 31-year-old striker has been withdrawn from Jose Mourinho’s squad that will head to the United States for the Red Devils’ pre-season tour, with the deal taking him to Goodison Park set to be finalised in the coming days.

The Sun report Rooney will continue to earn £250,000-per-week on Merseyside, having chosen to return to his first club with no MLS offers on the table and no desire to uproot his family to China.

The England striker’s return to the Toffees comes 13 years after he left Goodison for Old Trafford. In the years since, Rooney has won five Premier League titles, one FA Cup, three League Cups, the Champions League, the Europa League and the Club World Cup, and he also became United’s all-time record goalscorer last season with 253 goals to his name.

It is believed Everton will follow up the capture of Rooney by signing Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud in a £20m deal.