Wayne Rooney is considering a summer move to Major League Soccer side DC United according to a report in the Washington Post.
According to their sources, the veteran is in ”serious talks” about making the move across The Pond a year before his current Everton contract expires.
Rooney returned to Goodison Park last summer after 12 years with Manchester United but, despite making a positive start to life back with his boyhood Blues, the 32-year-old has struggled in the second half of the season.
That has led to speculation that he could leave Everton where is the highest-paid player in the club's history. Any move to DC would require the MLS club, who apparently first approached him a year ago, to negotiate a transfer fee or rely on Rooney extricating himself from his existing contract at Goodison Park.
Picking up the story, MailSport say that Everton won't stand in Rooney's way if he decides to complete the move when the MLS transfer window opens on 10th July.
For his part, Sam Allardyce says that he wants to keep Rooney at Everton and is not under the impression that the forward-turned-midfielder wants to leave Goodison before his deal is up.
"I've not had a problem from day one with Wayne"' he told Jim White on talkSPORT this morning.
"Obviously because of who he is there's ultimately more attention around his body language, about how he plays, about what he is and isn't doing.
"We all have to deal with that in our own way and I think Wayne deals with it very well indeed. There are rumours about Wayne going elsewhere abroad – in China and America – but at the moment he is an Everton player and an Everton fan.
"'So I wouldn't consider anything on the cards on the moment. It would have to be massive for him to want to leave Everton."
Original Source: Washington Post
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1 Posted 08/05/2018 at 20:49:31
2 Posted 08/05/2018 at 21:03:33
An amicable parting after a decent comeback season that has petered out for him somewhat might be the best way to go.
3 Posted 08/05/2018 at 21:05:37
4 Posted 08/05/2018 at 21:10:41
For that matter, Duncan can go there as well!
5 Posted 08/05/2018 at 21:10:57
Can't see it somehow!
6 Posted 08/05/2018 at 21:27:37
7 Posted 08/05/2018 at 21:44:39
I see Wayne, along with Mirallas, Bolasie, Schniederlin, Besic, Funes Mori, and Williams as the players who definitely need to move on this summer. There's other tweaks. I'd like an upgrade on Niasse, but for me, this is the main body of players that have to go for existing younger players to progress, along with a few quality additions coming in.
8 Posted 08/05/2018 at 21:53:01
He's having a mansion built in Cheshire and that mansion will still be there in four years once Rooney finished playing (assuming he goes over to MLS) and Rooney will be a young man in his mid to late 30's with a young family to enjoy the rest of their days at that said mansion.
9 Posted 08/05/2018 at 21:59:34
Wear your Rooney badge "with pride," Bill. He's finished in the Premier League. If getting rid of "our boy" is the start of the clear-out that's so desperately required, then we can all breathe a sigh of relief.
Get ruthless, be professional, or become another Stoke. I'll give them some more names to take off the payroll as well. A fleet of taxis outside Goodison.
10 Posted 08/05/2018 at 22:04:07
11 Posted 08/05/2018 at 22:06:52
I do believe he's a big part of the problems we've had this season with various managers trying to accommodate him. It's like playing with a man down .
12 Posted 08/05/2018 at 22:10:37
Agreed Jim but not sure he would fancy uprooting a young family with his lads at awkward ages for a huge move like that. Time will tell I s'pose.
13 Posted 08/05/2018 at 22:27:51
He is on a fortune though, and I am concerned we may have to pay him off considerably to leave.
Talking about his family, I don't see the upheaval that big. His kids are at the perfect age for such a move, for me. Must be top international schools in DC, and not a ridiculous flight from UK.
14 Posted 08/05/2018 at 22:54:21
Enjoying a life of luxury at his dream club bringing the kids up in the North West and taking them to Everton matches while still making a good wedge which is way above his contribution.
15 Posted 08/05/2018 at 23:09:04
16 Posted 08/05/2018 at 23:26:52
Peter #14 C'mon mate! Not his fault his employer decided to pay him such a wage. Personally, I think the players get paid ridiculous sums. Other sports and bank directors too! The world has gone mad. But, can't blame Wayne for accepting!
17 Posted 09/05/2018 at 01:34:04
When we get the right players in around him like Walcott, a new manager will use him correctly for the next season and gets his deserved good season with us with the right setup of the squad. That said, I wish for him to stay, he will help Everton becoming a greater club in this day and age.
18 Posted 09/05/2018 at 01:48:28
19 Posted 09/05/2018 at 02:52:31
Pirlo was a different case. He is supurb at a level tht Rooney could never hope to achieve as a midfielder even if he was 15 yrs old again and practiced 6 hours a day.
As for Zlatan, well, he is already upset that Galaxy isn't set up to feature him, and after just a couple of games is already seemingly tired of playing second fiddle. Problem is his skill at scoring is sublime but he will not run. He will be one-year and done at Galaxy unless drastic changes are made.
20 Posted 09/05/2018 at 02:57:29
Under a better tactical manager IMO his return would have been a lot different.
21 Posted 09/05/2018 at 04:11:44
If he is indeed leaving, it would make sense to keep hold of Baines and Jagielka to keep the club connection amongst the playing staff. Walcott is another player who will provide a wise head.
22 Posted 09/05/2018 at 04:22:26
There will no doubt be more than a few places in the multiverse were it came right, but not this one, the one with the 2 ugly sisters Koeman and Allardyce in it.
23 Posted 09/05/2018 at 04:45:18
I wonder if Rooney has had this epiphany.
I for one am with Joe O'Brien and hope he stays. I still believe there is one hell of a footballer in Wayne Rooney, and utilized correctly under the correct manager he can be an asset.
But if that epiphany has come, it's time for him to move. Most likely here to the States.
24 Posted 09/05/2018 at 07:00:33
I honestly believe we will never possess an attacking threat as long as Allardyce is in charge. We have a manager who openly admits he doesn't coach the attacking third of the pitch, leaving it all up to the players, probably so he can castigate and blame them when we don't score enough goals. I doubt even Lionel Messi could score goals in an Allardyce team. How could that man ever have deluded himself he was good enough for Barcelona or Real Madrid?
What a manager? No Sam, what a joke!
25 Posted 09/05/2018 at 07:03:13
26 Posted 09/05/2018 at 07:07:58
27 Posted 09/05/2018 at 07:36:40
28 Posted 09/05/2018 at 07:45:05
29 Posted 09/05/2018 at 07:51:52
Yeah look forward to next season those raking passes from Davies and Gana... I love to see the stats on that.
30 Posted 09/05/2018 at 08:17:32
31 Posted 09/05/2018 at 08:29:35
Nobody is making such a daft statement, so why argue with it ?
Rooney had a very decent scoring ratio before Sam got here. Those goals stopped immediately.
Age will always play a part, but if the only time a goal scorer is allowed in the other teams half is to take a penalty. The goals will dry up . . even if he's 20
32 Posted 09/05/2018 at 08:32:13
33 Posted 09/05/2018 at 08:34:54
He raises the profile of the club, yes it's an expensive way of doing it but international publicity doesn't come from having DCL in the team! He also has bags of experience, at the highest level. Something no other player brings in our current squad
34 Posted 09/05/2018 at 08:54:40
35 Posted 09/05/2018 at 09:30:50
36 Posted 09/05/2018 at 10:08:56
The money brought in and/or wages saved needs to be spent on attacking reinforcements. To compete top 6 level it is essential.
Tosun is the real deal but we need one more striker . The absolute best quality we can afford.
I expect the new manager will have ideas from the off who he wants to bring with him for example Silva will want Richarlison maybe.
37 Posted 09/05/2018 at 10:17:45
38 Posted 09/05/2018 at 10:28:09
39 Posted 09/05/2018 at 10:28:37
Mostly, though, what Jim Hardin (19) talked about will be his problem(s). Not to mention, going from a poor Club in the Prem to one of the worst teams in a lower league. DC United suck. And have for a while now.
Only thing I can think makes some (business) sense, is that United are opening their new stadium later this season and want to make a splash signing, which Wayne certainly would be.
God help him if he agrees. I can't see it going well.
40 Posted 09/05/2018 at 10:34:30
It took a while for some sense on this one.
What the hell have you all watched all season?
Reading this you'd think we'd had a team of superstars busting a gut whilst some overpaid fat lad dragged us down in the mire.
I understand the disappointment that we have had a bad year or few. But to hit out at Rooney as a scapegoat is just being blind to what has gone on on the pitch.
Anyone who is disappointed that Wayne wasn't the player he was in his pomp is deluded. You couldn't take the man now and expect him to become England's leading goal scorer. BUT, he has been our leading goal scorer this year despite playing in a mainly withdrawn role and frequently not being on the pitch fot 90 minutes. He still has more vision than the rest of our crab like midfield. And most importanly, he is still the player the oppostion would least like to find unmarked and in control of the ball in an attacking position.
I know he is slower than he was and more injury prone. But I'd take an old Ferrari over a brand new Fiat any day of the week.
He also has the ability to inspire the younger lads coming through. (Cue jokes about his off field activities if you must). And in these days of commercial necessity, he is still our biggest financial asset for attracting interest from a wider audience.
Get off Rooney's back guys and be careful what you wish for.
41 Posted 09/05/2018 at 10:54:58
42 Posted 09/05/2018 at 10:56:44
What a dreadful, detrimental, sentimental signing and the epitome of why Everton have been cut adrift by the six clubs with ambition.
I hope he is gone within a week.
43 Posted 09/05/2018 at 11:30:54
Absolutely..has Kenwright written all over it.
Mind you I don't think Koeman raised any objections either.
44 Posted 09/05/2018 at 11:36:22
My second reaction was shock that his presence shunted Siguurdson onto the wing, rendering Gylfi less effective and exposing our out of position/inexperienced left backs.
For all that, he got goals in a team that was all over the place. His will to win, canniness and sheer effort helped enormously.
Have the goals stopped because of Sam? Or is it because of his habit of following the ball? And why does he give the ball away so much? Would that be improved with better coaching and movement throughout the team?
If he goes, I'd wish him all the best. If he stays, I don't want him displacing Siguurdson.
45 Posted 09/05/2018 at 12:06:44
He is now just a shadow of the great player he was, and I don't want him to stay and decline even further, which would only tarnish his legacy. So I wish him the best of luck.
46 Posted 09/05/2018 at 12:08:33
47 Posted 09/05/2018 at 12:18:34
48 Posted 09/05/2018 at 12:21:30
With Rooney moving on, it does not leave space for Toure. I hope Allardyce and team get that!
49 Posted 09/05/2018 at 12:27:38
50 Posted 09/05/2018 at 13:10:45
51 Posted 09/05/2018 at 13:18:37
I cannot believe the negativity being aimed at the "dreadful signing" Wayne Rooney. If anybody has watched the last few games when Wayne has been injured and out of the team, they will notice that we created absolutely nothing from midfield.
Yes his best days are behind him, but our midfield is garbage without him. Symptomatic of our issues in midfield at the moment. He is our top scorer this season . . . . goals have been very hard to come by under Sam - nearly bottom of the table for attempts on goal, so it'd be a massive risk to sell him on Sam's say so.
Kevin Tully (9) stated "He passes directly to the opposition more than any player I've ever seen", and while I agree that he's wayward at times, he tends to attempt ambitious passes - i.e. forward passes of more than 5 yards, rather than the 5 yard pass back to one of the centre-halves because I've got an opposition player approaching me (yes - I am talking about Schneiderlin and Gaye there). Ross Barkley had the same criticism for giving the ball away too cheaply on these pages, but I prefer players to attempt the killer pass rather than pass it backwards all the time.
Unfortunately Tom Davies is not the answer either. I know he is young, but he hasn't progressed from last season and he's had a lot of game time this season.
I think Rooney can still be an important part of the squad. Not a guaranteed starter, perhaps.
52 Posted 09/05/2018 at 13:29:25
He is well past his best and really would only be playing a bit part next season.
His eye for goal was second to none in his heyday but 2-3 years ago you could see it had gone and that is why he was asked to play deeper with Manure.
Everton have to move on without him as a starter and perhaps the removal of his salary will allow Everton to bring in a class player from elsewhere before next season.
53 Posted 09/05/2018 at 13:33:13
54 Posted 09/05/2018 at 13:37:48
55 Posted 09/05/2018 at 13:45:57
56 Posted 09/05/2018 at 14:49:12
57 Posted 09/05/2018 at 14:50:44
58 Posted 09/05/2018 at 15:25:11
Sad to think that if he would have treated his profession and body with more respect he wouldn't be done already. Ronaldo a year older and still at the top of the game. Zlatan four years older and Suarez only one year younger.
59 Posted 09/05/2018 at 15:28:25
Football is now over run with money and business people making all the decisions for our global audience. No room for sentiment anymore. And it's spread to the fans too.
There is no loyalty to players, managers, clubs. Everything and everybody must perform brilliantly now or out you go - bring in the next big thing.
Me, I'm just a guy who grew up with football in the 1970s and 1980s and enjoyed the romance of football. The stories.
I was made up that Rooney came back to Everton - just so I could buy my daughter a shirt with his name on (she wasn't here in 2002) but also because it was a romantic notion him returning.
I know he isn't the player he was at his pomp at Man Utd - but what were we really expecting?
All I wanted was moments of class and great memories.
Don't forget, from midfield he is our top scorer (not bad going) and gave us that comeback goal vs Stoke, the hat trick against West Ham including that amazing half way goal and scoring against the RS.
That will do me for starters!
Next up is a goal at Old Trafford and a winner against the RS.
I honestly think under a new manager (Allardyce IS going) that he will flourish even more and prove any naysayers wrong.
I feel the same way about Baines as I did with Cahill and now Rooney - let's not be so quick to get rid of our heroes.
Let's look at football like we once did.
60 Posted 09/05/2018 at 15:40:13
61 Posted 09/05/2018 at 15:46:13
The West ham game was the only game I felt any energy & emotion, mostly because of Unsworth, even though for large parts we were iffy!
America would be good for him but Washington? Terrible choice, rotten franchise, but that's why they want him.
62 Posted 09/05/2018 at 15:58:31
Undoubtedly Ronaldo is the consummate professional who looks after himself (maybe too much) to the nth degree but to suggest Rooney could be the same is to totally ignore the huge differences in genetics, body type, the Mediterranean diet v Scouse and pies (joke).
Just so many factors which make the two players SO different physiologically and morphologically that to say if Rooney did what Ronaldo did he'd be as fit etc etc
Just doesn't work exactly like that, though I DO accept that had Rooney led a different lifestyle he MAY be fittER than he is.
63 Posted 09/05/2018 at 16:00:01
The problem is that we have a Chairman who thinks the way you do and it's a key reason why we haven't won a thing in more than two decades.
64 Posted 09/05/2018 at 18:41:39
With all due respect Paul (59), you have unwittingly summed-up all the wrong reasons for even contemplating bringing this has-been back.
Ambitious clubs build teams to win things.
Everton, meanwhile, aspire to nothing more than pandering to the whims of teary fans eager for a fairy tale ending and a few shirt sales.
Time, like Snow White, that we woke up.
I hope never to see Rooney in an Everton shirt again. He should content himself with just wearing our pyjamas in future (what PR b*ll*cks that was too).
65 Posted 10/05/2018 at 16:07:21
Our aims need to be realistic first and foremost... 6/7 games to glory or 38 games of... sigh... failure?
A Wembley win at Easter or constant live TV tonkings by the Elite in the Champions League with the world watching and laughing their bollocks off at our ineptitude dining at Europe's top table... again!
66 Posted 10/05/2018 at 18:29:19
Sadly the faithful would never wear it â€“ nor Moshiri... and therein lies the real problem... priorities!
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