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Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Rooney to quit Everton for MLS club

Rooney to quit Everton for MLS club

Reports earlier in the week claimed Major League Soccer side DC United were cautiously optimistic of signing Rooney when their transfer window opens in July, with the suggestion that the player's representatives had already been exploring the possibility of a move.

Rooney's agent Paul Stretford had been in talks with several MLS clubs before he joined Everton last summer.

The former England captain left Manchester United to return to his boyhood club Everton previous year, but his form has gone downhill over the last few months.

The 32-year-old Rooney has scored 10 goals for Everton in the Premier League this season after leaving Manchester United at the end of last season, where he spent 13 years.

Although it has not yet been revealed exactly when he will swap the United Kingdom for the states, the move will likely be bittersweet for Rooney, who started his career with Everton.

This would DC United's be the second attempt at signing Rooney, after the English player made a decision to stay in England when the MLS club approached him previous year.

England's record goalscorer has reportedly been speaking with the MLS side for a number of weeks and it is said the club are positive about a deal. DC United looked at bringing Robin van Persie Stateside in January and have remained in the hunt for a marquee striker with global pull.

Allardyce has expressed a few times recently that he has "no problem" with Rooney, despite the former United man's frustrated reaction to coming off in the Goodison derby before an hour had elapsed.

Under the current boss, Sam Allardyce, Rooney has fallen out of favour, finding it tough to gain regular minutes on the pitch in the first-team.

Leading shareholder Farhad Moshiri is believed to be considering a summer overhaul that could include the arrival of PSV Eindhoven technical director Marcel Brands, threatening the position of Everton recruitment supremo Steve Walsh. "So I wouldn't consider anything on the cards on the moment".

"If Wayne's time is up at Everton, there's no reason why Rangers shouldn't put their name forward", Gray told talkSPORT host Jim White on Tuesday.

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