Wayne Rooney: Everton striker completes move to MLS side DC United
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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.
Everton and DC United 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.
"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).
Wonder how much Everton had to give them.
He was never the fastest, but whatever pace he did have is gone, and his eye for goal has massively diminished.
I guess that Rooney has gone there for the money, and DC United have bought him because of his name.
It’s almost guaranteed that he won’t stay there for his entire contract.
He’ll be be found out long before then.
More like "getting a £10M payday in the twilight of my playing days has always been a career ambition..."
A terrible role model and a despicable individual.
Thank **** for that!!
one article wouldve done it
over the hill, over rated former england striker leaves for the US. Was rubbish for his last years at Utd and then Everton
for all you kids..take note, this is not a role model nor an example of being a good pro sports start
Shouldn't Everton be giving them a compensation package?
But you will never get his matching tracksuit off him.
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Will tear up the MLS. Absolute GOAT in late noughties
Do you know what the AT stands for in GOAT? Answer … all time...but in your case all time refers to the period of the late noughties