May 9 (UPI) — English soccer legend Wayne Rooney is in talks about joining MLS club D.C. United, as first reported by the Washington Post.
Unnamed sources told the Post Tuesday that the 32-year-old is in “serious talks” with the club.
The Liverpool Echo also: “http://www.evertonfc.com/news/2018/05/09/what-the-papers-say-9-may” target=”_blank” title=”Everton FC on Rooney”} reported interest between Rooney and the U.S. soccer franchise.
Rooney has 10 goals this season for Everton in the Premier League. He has mostly been used as a midfielder after spending the majority of his storied career as a forward.
A person familiar with the negotiations told the Post that the discussions between Rooney and the MLS club have “accelerated” recently. That source spotted United a 50 percent chance of acquiring the greatest scorer in English national team history. United also approached Rooney last season.
Rooney has one year remaining on his Everton contract. Everton boss Sam Allardyce told the Echo that only a “massive” offer from China or the United States could convince Rooney to move on from his hometown team.
Rooney has 11 total scores in 40 appearances for Everton. He was injured in Saturday’s home draw against Southampton.
United finished in last place in scoring last year among Eastern Conference squads. The club is a minus-5 goal differential this season, ranking second to last.
The MLS transfer window opens on July 10. United would need to pay a transfer fee or negotiate a free move in an acquisition for Rooney.