London - Wayne Rooney has agreed a "deal in
principle" to join Major League Soccer side DC United from Premier League
club Everton, reports said on Thursday.
It has been suggested a $17 million deal has been agreed
that could see the 32-year-old leave his boyhood club just 12 months after re-joining
them from Manchester United.
Reports say Rooney has been offered a contract until the end
of the 2020 season, although the MLS transfer window does not open until July.
"In MLS you have always some iconic players that are
going to end their careers there," said Manchester United manager Jose
Mourinho, who coached Rooney in his final season at Old Trafford.
"You had (Steven) Gerrard, (Frank) Lampard, (Patrick)
Vieira...now you have Zlatan (Ibrahimovic), you have Wayne, so I hope he enjoys
"Of course he will bring the attention that MLS needs
to attract more people, to steal some people from the other sports that more
DC United are currently rock-bottom of the MLS Eastern
Conference table with five points from seven games.
Earlier this week, Everton manager Sam Allardyce said he
wanted England's and Manchester United's record goal scorer to see out the
final year of his contract next season.
"There have been rumours about Wayne going abroad,
China or America. It would have to be massive for him to want leave
Everton," the Toffees boss told talkSPORT.
Allardyce and Rooney have had their differences and the
player's show of dissent when substituted in April's Merseyside derby resulted
in clear-the-air talks between the pair.
Rooney, who first burst onto the scene aged just 16 at
Everton, is the club's top scorer this season with 11 goals but he has not
scored since December 18.
Allardyce has played him in a midfield role in the second
half of the season in an attempt to inject some creativity into the team but
that has impacted on the player's personal form and led to growing frustration.
Neither Everton nor Rooney's agents were available for
comment, while sources at DC United said they did not comment on player
"Wayne has been a great player, one of the best players
to grace the last era of football," said West Ham United manager David
Moyes, who gave Rooney his debut at Everton, and also managed him at Manchester
"I really enjoyed him at Everton, he was very young
then, and at Manchester United he helped me a lot. If he chooses to go then DC
will be getting a good player.
"He can play in a few roles, he's a brilliant goal scorer,
and I still think he's got a lot to give."
The former England captain left United last year on a free
transfer following 13 trophy-laden years after becoming a peripheral figure
Back then he talked about how he wanted to play a part in
Everton winning silverware after a long trophy drought, dating back to their
1995 FA Cup win.