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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 24 June 2018

Everton forward Wayne Rooney agrees 'deal in principle' to join DC United - reports

MLS club have reportedly offered the former Manchester United and England player a contract

Wayne Rooney is the record goalscorer for Manchester United and England. Alex Livesey / Getty Images
Wayne Rooney is the record goalscorer for Manchester United and England. Alex Livesey / Getty Images

Everton forward Wayne Rooney has agreed a "deal in principle" to join Major League Soccer club DC United, according to media reports on Thursday.

It has been reported that a £12.5 million (Dh61.9m) deal has been agreed that could see the Rooney leave his boyhood club 12 months after rejoining them from Manchester United.

Rooney has reportedly been offered a contract until the end of the 2020 season, although the MLS transfer window does not open until July.

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DC United are currently bottom of the MLS Eastern Conference table with five points from seven games.

Earlier this week, Everton manager Sam Allardyce said he wanted England's and Manchester United's record goalscorer to see out the final year of his contract next season.

"There have been rumours about Wayne going abroad, China or America. It would have to be massive for him to want leave Everton," Allardyce told talkSPORT.

Allardyce and Rooney have had their differences and the player's show of dissent when substituted in April's Merseyside derby resulted in clear-the-air talks between the pair.

Rooney, who first burst onto the scene aged just 16 at Everton, is the club's top scorer this season with 11 goals but he has not scored since December 18.

Neither Everton nor Rooney's agents were available for comment, while sources at DC United said they did not comment on player speculation.

The former England captain left United last year on a free transfer following 13 trophy-laden years after becoming a peripheral figure under Jose Mourinho.

He talked about how he wanted to play a part in Everton winning silverware after a long trophy drought, dating back to their 1995 FA Cup win.