Wayne Rooney looks set to leave English Premier League side Everton to join Major League Soccer side DC United, after several visits to the States.
It is believed the former England and Manchester United captain has reached an agreement for a £12million deal yet to be signed that will keep him in the States until 2020.
DC United who were one of the 10 original teams when the MLS was founded, are rooted to the foot of the Eastern Conference and are desperate to add a touch of stardust to their struggling campaign.
The club has one of the smallest payrolls in the MLS but it has been reported DC are planning to increase spending and bring in more “star power” and have looked at Javier Hernandez, Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli, as well as exploring the “remote possibility” of signing Andres Iniesta. Rooney’s salary would make him the highest-paid player in the organisation.
Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford had spent the last year in talks with various MLS franchises after England’s top goalscorer had returned to Goodison Park.
The 32-year-old made his debut in the Premier League as a 16-year-old, spending 13 seasons at Manchester United after signing from Everton at 18 and becoming their record goalscorer and winning five Premier League titles and the Champions League.
Rooney will play his last game for Everton at West Ham on Sunday, but will have to wait until the MLS transfer window re-opens on July 10 before he can make the move to the States.
Earlier this week, Allardyce said Rooney wants to stay and dismissed suggestions England’s record goalscorer is frustrated with his role.
“It would have to be massive for him to want leave Everton,” the former England manager told Talksport.
“I’ve not had a problem from day one with Wayne (but) the Wayne Rooney saga continues on doesn’t it?”