By Richard Parks
Wayne Rooney is on the verge of agreeing a £12.5million transfer from Everton to MLS club DC United, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim the Premier League legend, 32, told the Goodison Park hierarchy on Wednesday that he wants to quit his boyhood club after just a year and head to the United States.
It is said that Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, was in the US capital to discuss a contract that will run until the end of 2020 and that the transfer is in line to be confirmed when the MLS window opens on 10 July.
Football Insider verdict:
Rooney has been a shadow of his former self in the last two years as the brutal pace of the Premier League catches up with legs that first started in the division at the age of 16. Life started well on his romantic return to Goodison, with seven league goals by November, but the lion of the autumn has been a pussy cat under Sam Allardyce, who has used him intermittently and afforded one of the greats of the English game the full 90 minutes on only four occasions. A move to the north American coast is an appealing one for Rooney and his young family, and will enable Everton to make a big saving on his massive salary, with his contract due to run for another year. Time waits for no man, and it appears to have caught up with Rooney, who has cut a frustrated figure in recent months as his body won’t do what his mind directs. Semi-retirement in the US for a few years is the right option for all parties.