By Richard Parks

Everton are close to making two executive appointments as Wayne Rooney prepares to quit the club for a second time, according to a reliable journalist.

BBC Sport correspondent Phil McNulty reported on his personal Twitter account that there is a hive of activity behind the scenes at the Premier League club, with a new chief executive heading in and Dutchman Marcel Brands expected to be appointed the new director of football.

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The BBC Sport website claim Premier League legend Rooney, 32, has agreed a deal in principle to join MLS club DC United this summer for a fee of £12.5million.

Football Insider verdict:

There has been an unmistakeable sense of drift at Everton this season, in spite of the vast sums invested in the playing squad last summer when Ronald Koeman and recruitment chief Steve Walsh made such a hash of everything. Koeman has paid with his job and Walsh is likely to suffer the same fate, as Brands comes in from PSV Eindhoven to head up a new-look recruitment team. There will be other changes, with a new CEO also to be appointed in succession to Robert Elstone, who is expected to return to rugby league after being approached to take up a role as the head of Super League. That will fill a power vacuum at the club, but a more hands-on approach is needed from key decision-maker Farhad Moshiri, the Iranian billionaire whose cash has been spent so poorly in the last two years. Everton have been sterile and dull this season, even though they will finish eighth and have comfortably avoided getting sucked into a relegation battle. Big improvements are needed.

In other Everton news, Moshiri will hold talks with a £1.7million-a-year man and is ready to pay his release clause and double his wages to get the deal done.

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