David Moyes, the Manchester United manager-designate, will sit down with Wayne Rooney and seek to thrash out the striker's future as a matter of urgency.
The 27-year-old told Alex Ferguson two weeks ago that he felt he needed a fresh start, having fallen down the pecking order at United. But the precise nature of that conversation, and Rooney's tone, has remained unclear and it is understood that reassurance from Moyes may be enough to settle him.
Moyes will want some assurances too, however, and it is extending Rooney's £250,000-a-week contract which may present far more of an obstacle, with United now calling the shots in a way that Rooney was when he secured that deal in October 2010.
Though the outgoing Everton manager made it clear yesterday that the subject of United was off-limits during his penultimate pre-match press conference, the repair to the pair's relationship, which Rooney has contributed to significantly in the past four years, will help them renew a working relationship which ended when Rooney left Goodison Park for Old Trafford in 2004.
The only moment of hesitation Moyes displayed in an accomplished 30-minute press conference, ostensibly staged to discuss his final home game as Everton manager against West Ham, came when a question about Alex Ferguson's accomplishments was delivered.