Rooney backed to make MLS switch

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Reports on Thursday claimed England's record goalscorer has already agreed a deal in principle to move to the United States in a deal worth £12.5million.

However, the manager has insisted Rooney has NOT asked to leave the Merseyside club.

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"Of course he will bring the attention that MLS needs to attract more people, to steal some people from the other sports that more Americans like". He's now going through the rite of passage we've seen several times before: aging global star comes to the USA on a mega-deal to finish his career in the MLS.

Widespread reports in the UK have indicated that Rooney is in advanced talks with USA outfit DC United over a proposed Sh11.2bn (£12million) switch this summer.

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Rooney's representatives began negotiating terms of a contract to move Rooney from the Premier League club with manager Sam Allardyce admitting he is not guaranteed a starting spot next season.

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.

A spectacular headed victor on the opening day at home to Stoke City, his first Merseyside derby goal in a 1-1 draw at Liverpool and a hat-trick in Everton's 4-0 win against West Ham United, capped with a spectacular strike from his own half, watched by Sam Allardyce as he prepared to succeed Koeman.

"I'm comfortable with any player who wants to leave but let's put this right, Wayne Rooney hasn't asked to leave". Only when I've spoken him today will I find out.

Back then 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.