D.C. United could confirm the signing of Everton striker Wayne Rooney as early as Monday, according to a report.
Major League Soccer outfit D.C. United could confirm the signing of Everton striker Wayne Rooney as early as Monday, according to a report.
The 32-year-old is said to be in advanced talks, with Sky Sports News claiming that a deal could be completed at the start of next week, following a month of negotiations.
Talks between Everton, D.C. United and Rooney's agent, Paul Stretford, have been rumbling on and it has been agreed that the former Manchester United striker will earn £3.8m per year on a two-year contract.
D.C. United will also reportedly pay a 'significant proportion' of the remainder of Rooney's Everton deal, which has 12 months left to run at a staggering £180,000-a-week.
Sky Sports News also say that the agreement will allow for Rooney to return to Goodison in coaching role at later date, and they add that he will be allowed a period of time to apply for a U.S. visa before linking up with his new teammates.
Rooney, who has spent half of his life as a Premier League player, is expected to make his MLS debut against Vancouver Whitecaps on July 15.
Last week, Rooney took a break from his family holiday to fly into Washington for a medical and talks with club officials.
The former England captain has previously spoken of his desire to coach in the Everton academy when his playing career draws to a close, and his agreement with D.C. United will allow him to do just that.
''The main thing I want to have a go at is management, I would love to stay at Everton in a coaching role or hopefully manager one day," Rooney told the Telegraph earlier this year.
''It is something I want to do – to stay involved, but if that is not possible I will look to see where the opportunities are for me. I am determined to become a manager."