LONDON: Everton reportedly have agreed a £12m deal ‘in principle’ with MLS outfit DC United for Wayne Rooney
It has been suggested a deal has been agreed which could see the 32-year-old leave his boyhood club just 12 months after rejoining them from Manchester United last summer.
Reports claim Rooney has been offered a contract until the end of the 2020 season, although the MLS transfer window does not open until July.
Earlier this week Everton manager Sam Allardyce said he wanted England’s and Manchester United’s record goalscorer 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 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 speculation.
** Manchester United secured second place in the Premier League with a 0-0 draw against West Ham.