Whilst a deal is being worked on for Lukaku, the two clubs are in discussions over what would be an emotional return to Goodison for Rooney...
CHRIS WHEELER AND JACK GAUGHAN: Wayne Rooney's agent Paul Stretford held talks with Everton chairman Bill Kenwright on Wednesday afternoon as the Manchester United striker's return to Goodison Park edged closer.
The two men spoke at Kenwright's London offices and further talks are planned in the coming days with Everton increasingly hopeful of bringing Rooney back to Merseyside 13 years after he left for Old Trafford in a £27million transfer.
Everton have stepped up their interest in the last few days and there is a willingness on behalf of both clubs and the Rooney camp to strike a deal.
However, no agreement has been reached yet and it's understood that all three sides will have to compromise before that happens.
A number of options are being discussed including United paying up the remaining two years of Rooney's contract and allowing him to leave on a free transfer, and a season-long loan which would see the two clubs share his £230,000-a-week wages.
Everton have always been Rooney's preference ahead of a move to China or America, and he confirmed after United's win in the Europa League final in May that they were the only club he would play for after leaving Old Trafford.
But until now the finances have proved a significant stumbling block with Everton only prepared to pay a fee of £10m and wages of £150,000-a-week for a 31-year-old player whose stock has fallen significantly in the last 12 months. READ MORE