Sunday 18 November 2018

Rooney weighs up MLS move to Washington

Rooney is due to have talks next week with Everton manager Sam Allardyce, whose own future could have an impact on the player’s decision. Photo credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire.
Rooney is due to have talks next week with Everton manager Sam Allardyce, whose own future could have an impact on the player’s decision. Photo credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire.

Jamie Holland

Wayne Rooney has is considering an offer to join Major League soccer club DC United.

The Washington DC club would like Rooney to make his debut when they kick off the first game at their new €350m 20,000-capacity Audi Field stadium on July 17 against Vancouver Whitecaps, but the deal remains in the balance as the 32-year-old considers his options.

Rooney is due to have talks next week with Everton manager Sam Allardyce, whose own future could have an impact on the player's decision .

Allardyce said last week that he wanted England's and Manchester United's record goalscorer to see out the final year of his contract, but the pair have had their differences and Rooney's show of dissent when substituted in April's Merseyside derby resulted in clear-the-air talks.

Rooney is Everton's top scorer this season with 11 goals, but he has not scored since December 18.

Allardyce has played him in a midfield role in the second half of the season in an attempt to inject some creativity into the team but that has impacted on the player's personal form and led to growing frustration.

DC United want Rooney to become the face of the club as they move into a new €320m stadium and are understood to have offered him a €15m two-year contract in an effort to lure him away from his boyhood club just 12 months after he rejoined them from Manchester United last summer.

Meanwhile, Swansea City are likely to revert to appointing a younger head coach, in the mould of Brendan Rodgers or Roberto Martinez, in what appears to be a recognition that the club have lost their identity in recent seasons.

With relegation from the Premier League set to be confirmed on Sunday, manager Carlos Carvalhal, who arrived in late December, is expected to lose his job after a disastrous run of defeats.

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