Toffees fanatic Codie Gaskell-Mooney, 11, was so sure the 31-year-old would rejoin the club he left back in 2004 he asked for his name on the back of his new Toffees shirt.
According to Codie’s mum Claire, her son was laughed at in the Goodison Park shop by staff who tried to convince the youngster to get a different name.
But undeterred by the doubters, the schoolboy opted to get Rooney’s name printed onto his new training shirt back on June 11, telling shop assistants that even if he didn’t sign he’s “still a legend anyway”. And it now appears he was bang on the money.
Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford held talks with Everton chairman Bill Kenwright over a sensational return on Wednesday.
And United’s all-time record goal scorer looks set to be heading back to Merseyside.
Codie opted to get the number 12 printed onto the back of his shirt despite Rooney previously wearing the 18 jersey at Goodison Park.
His reason for this however is perhaps better than the prediction itself as the number 12 represents how many goals Codie scored for his Sunday league team last season.
Claire posted a picture of her son proudly wearing his Everton shirt to Faceboook, along with the caption: “He got this kit weeks ago.
“Looks like he was right all along! Everyone in the Everton shop laughed at him for getting this on his top! Definitely got an inside source on this one.”
The post was subsequently picked up and shared by Toffees fan pages, which helped it go viral.