DC United confirm Rooney talks

Jose Mourinho paid tribute to Wayne Rooney's career in England as the striker looks set to join MLS side DC United

The 32-year-old striker, England and Manchester United's greatest goal scorer, is said to be considering the Washington-based club if he decides to leave Everton for a second time.

Regardless of instigating a attainable transfer away from Everton - it's understood proprietor Farhad Moshiri authorised approaches by membership officers to each DC United and golf equipment in China - there's now the distinct chance Rooney will likely be requested to stay on Merseyside subsequent season.

"For me, Wayne Rooney doesn't move the needle", Lalas said.

'I don't get involved in anything regarding transfers or negotiations. MLS club DC United are reportedly interested in the Everton player.

Only when I speak to him today [Friday] will I find out where the situation lies.

Rooney, who rejoined his boyhood club Everton from Manchester United in July a year ago, scored 11 goals in the first half of the campaign but has failed to nail down a starting place under manager Sam Allardyce. "Glasgow is a tough city - if I was Wayne, I'd go to America".

"We talk to the player about that situation, whoever it might be, and say levels have to be lifted".

Rooney, Everton's leading goalscorer this season, has become increasingly frustrated with a reduced role under Allardyce.

Rooney's apparent decision to see out his career elsewhere suggests he is not even bothering to discover how Allardyce's own Goodison Park power struggle plays out, with many supporters keen for a new manager to be brought in this summer.

"How can anyone be guaranteed playing time next season?" asked Allardyce.

"You're talking about a Southampton or Huddersfield; the type of teams that are struggling right now". If the player wants to leave - if any player does - I'm comfortable with it.

He added: "Wayne is a special player but if any player wants to leave they can, in my opinion".

"It's a tricky question for me to answer", Allardyce said.

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