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Wayne Rooney agrees deal to join MLS club: report

Everton's Wayne Rooney has agreed a deal to join MLS side DC United, according to reports.

The former Manchester United forward will move across the Atlantic this summer after a £12m move was agreed in principle, according to Sky Sports.

Rooney will joined the club on a deal lasting until the end of the 2020 season. The ex England captain will become United's marquee signing in what is a big period at the club as they move into their new Audi Field stadium, situated in the centre of the US capital.

Rooney, of course, rejoined boyhood club Everton on a free transfer from Manchester United last summer and has scored 11 goals this season. The club has endured a difficult campaign with some fans disappointed by the playing style of Sam Allardyce's side, who sit eighth in the Premier League table. As an indicator of where Rooney's and the club's form is, he has not scored since December 18.

DC United was founded in 1996 and won the CONCACAF Champions League just two years later. They have won four MLS Cup titles but are currently languishing at the foot of the Eastern Conference table.

Earlier this week, Everton boss Allardyce had spoke of his desire to keep Rooney at Goodison Park.

"It would have to be massive for him to want leave Everton," said the former England manager.

"I've not had a problem from day one with Wayne (but) the Wayne Rooney saga continues on doesn't it?

"I experienced it for a short period of time during my time with the England camp and it's all 'Why is Wayne Rooney doing this, why is he doing that'?'

"It's all very similar here. When Wayne Rooney comes off it's all: 'Why did he come off?'

"But Wayne in himself on a day-to-day basis loves his football, he doesn't miss a day's training and he wants to play well like everyone else.

"But because of who he is there is ultimately more attention on 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."

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