Everton are set for imminent crunch talks with the agent of Wayne Rooney after conflict behind-the-scenes between the board over his impending exit, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim on their website that despite having agreed a £12.5million with MLS side DC United over the 32-year-old’s sale, there has been disagreement between board members Farhad Moshiri and Bill Kenwright, as fears rise over the backlash his sale will generate from fans.
It is said that while Moshiri wants to clear his £150,000-a-week wage from the books, Kenwright’s concern has spread through the rest of the board, and that a meeting with Paul Stretford, Rooney’s representative, has been arranged for next week, with the possibility they will ask the ex-England international to stay.
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Everton’s problems just seem to get deeper and deeper and even with the Premier League season ending on Sunday, they still have a whole host of issues to sort out. Kenwright and the rest of the board have already seen the anger that the Goodison Park faithful can generate when dissatisfied, as proven by the reaction to manager Sam Allardyce, another man whose future is under serious doubt. Whether the Everton fans would be so disappointed to lose Rooney, after a pretty hit-and-miss campaign back on Merseyside, remains to be seen, but Kenwright and now the rest of the board, Moshiri excluded, seem to be unwilling to take that risk. After being seemingly pushed out of the Toffees, Rooney may have doubts over committing his future there, and he would likely want to be convinced over their plans for the summer, including whether or not Allardyce, who Rooney has fallen out of favour under, will be in the dugout.
In other Everton news, the shakeup at Goodison Park is imminent as Moshiri plots major changes.