Everton striker Wayne Rooney is reportedly in serious discussions regarding a summer move to MLS club DC United. Rooney returned to
Everton striker Wayne Rooney is reportedly in serious discussions regarding a summer move to MLS club DC United.
Rooney returned to the Toffees last summer following 13 years at Manchester United but the former England captain has endured an underwhelming campaign back at his boyhood club.
According to Goal, negotiations over a move to Washington are at an advanced stage and both parties are confident of striking a deal which will see the 32-year-old sign a two year contract.
Toffees boss Sam Allardyce is understood to be happy for Rooney – who is under contract at Goodison Park until July 2019 – to leave, but chairman Bill Kenwright is less enamoured by the idea.
However, speaking to talkSPORT earlier this week, Allardyce played down rumours Rooney is set to leave the club.
“There are rumours about Wayne going elsewhere abroad – in China and America – but at the moment he is an Everton player and an Everton fan,” said Allardyce.
“So I wouldn’t consider anything on the cards on the moment. It would have to be massive for him to want to leave Everton.”
The MLS transfer window re-opens on 10 July and closes on 8 August. DC United – who are currently bottom of the Eastern Conference with just one win from their first seven matches – will open their new 20,000-capacity Audi Field stadium in July and are hoping to have Rooney on board as their marquee signing when that happens.
Should he make the move to MLS, Rooney will be following in the footsteps of his former Manchester United colleagues Zlatan Ibrahimović and Bastian Schweinsteiger, as well as his ex-England team-mate Ashley Cole.