According to The Washington Post, Everton forward Wayne Rooney is in serious discussions with DC United over a move to North America.
Rooney was linked with a move to the MLS when it became clear that he was leaving Manchester United last summer, but the former England captain ultimately completed an emotional return to Everton.
The 32-year-old has scored 10 Premier League goals for the Toffees this season, but has not always seen eye-to-eye with head coach Sam Allardyce, and the forward’s future at Goodison Park is believed to be in doubt.
According to The Washington Post, talks between Rooney’s representatives and the MLS team have gathered pace in recent weeks, and the North American outfit believe that they have a 50% chance of signing him during the MLS transfer window.
Rooney still has a year left to run on his contract with Everton, but Allardyce recently refused to rule out a summer exit for the Englishman when questioned on his future.
Statistics rarely paint a false picture in football, and the fact that Rooney has managed 10 goals and two assists in 31 Premier League appearances this season is impressive.
The numbers do not tell the whole story, however, and there is no question that the attacker has had his struggles at Goodison Park this term.
Rooney, who is without a league goal since December, has mainly operated in a deeper position for the Toffees, and he has often struggled to make an impression, which has led to discontent amongst the club’s supporters.
There can be no doubting that Rooney has been a wonderful servant to Everton and indeed English football, but it is the right time for him to seek pastures new.
DC United would represent a new and exciting opportunity for Man United’s record goalscorer, and Everton should certainly not stand in his way at the end of this season.