Wayne Rooney: Everton striker completes move to MLS side DC United

By Simon StoneBBC Sport

Everton striker Wayne Rooney has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with Major League Soccer club DC United.

He will officially complete his move when the US mid-season transfer window opens on 10 July.

There is no transfer fee but it is understood DC United have agreed a compensation package with the Toffees.

The 32-year-old's deal is worth £10m, meaning he becomes the highest paid player in DC United's history.

Evertonexternal-link and DC Unitedexternal-link made the announcement simultaneously on Thursday afternoon.

Rooney will make his debut when the club open their new 20,000-capacity Audi Field Stadium on 14 July.

"Moving to America and MLS fulfils another career ambition for me," Rooney told the club website.external-link

"I have the hunger to be a success here and will give DC 100% - as I have always done for every team I have ever played for. Now I can't wait to get on the pitch in a United shirt and join my new teammates to bring success to this club."

Manchester United and England's record goalscorer agreed a deal in principle last month but was undecided about leaving Everton halfway through his two-year contract.

He will leave the Premier League as its second highest goalscorer with 208 goals, bettered only by Alan Shearer (260).

Wayne Rooney tweet showing him on a plane to the US
Rooney tweeted a photo of himself on a plane on Thursday morning


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