Wayne Rooney could be set for a remarkable switch to America with DC United.
The Everton striker is wanted by the MLS side as a marquee signing, and the Blues are ready to let the former England captain leave should he wish to.
Goal understands that talks over a potential move to Washington are already at an advanced stage, and that there is growing confidence on both sides that a deal can be agreed which would see the 32-year-old sign a two-year contract with DC.
Rooney returned to Everton last July on a free transfer from Manchester United, but his dream return to Goodison Park has been a mixed one.
He is Everton’s leading scorer this season with 11 goals, but has found life difficult as the Blues have endured a far-from-impressive campaign, first under Ronald Koeman, then caretaker boss David Unsworth and finally Sam Allardyce.
Playing predominantly in a midfield role, he has not scored since December 18, and has reacted angrily to being substituted early in games – especially during last month’s Merseyside derby with Liverpool, where he was pictured swearing towards Allardyce as he was removed .
There was also the well-documented drink-driving arrest earlier in the season, for which Rooney is serving a two-year driving ban.
Allardyce, it is understood, is willing to sanction Rooney’s departure, though there is opposition to that idea at boardroom level – most notably from chairman Bill Kenwright.
Kenwright confirmed at Everton’s end of season awards that Rooney had taken a sizeable pay cut to return to his boyhood club last summer, and described negotiations for that deal as his “greatest and shortest”. Kenwright is desperate for Rooney to remain at the club.
But Farhad Moshiri, the club’s majority shareholder, is understood to be more receptive to the idea of him leaving, given his wages and the team’s performances this term. Moshiri, Goal understands, has expressed doubts as to Rooney’s physical capabilities on more than one occasion this season.
Rooney still has a year to run on his contract, and is the club’s highest earner on around £150,000 a week. But with Everton’s squad in need of a major overhaul this summer, the club appear ready to part with their star name.
The situation, though, is further complicated by uncertainty surrounding the manager’s position at Goodison. Allardyce believes he will be in charge next season despite widespread discontent among supporters, while Goal revealed last week that Everton were still exploring alternative options, with former Hull and Watford boss Marco Silva still very much on their agenda.
Speaking about Rooney to talkSPORT earlier this week, Allardyce said: “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.”
The MLS trade and transfer window re-opens on July 10 and runs until August 8. DC United plan to open their new 20,000-capacity Audi Field stadium in July, and hope to have Rooney on board by that point. They have two slots available for ‘designated players’ – players who earn more than the standard MLS wage – and are keen to secure a marquee striker.
The question now appears to be whether Rooney is willing to break his ties with Everton for a second time, less than 12 months after his emotional return.
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Illegal Abortions Responsible For Mysterious Deaths In Bauchi: State Govt
Bauchi State Government has revealed that the mysterious deaths recorded in the State has been as a result of illegal abortions.
An investigation carried out by the Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency has revealed that illegal abortion by unqualified medical practitioners is the cause of mysterious deaths in Azare and other local government areas in the northern part of the state.
According to reports, no fewer than 200 women have died in Bauchi as a result of this and there are projections that the number could be more at the end of the investigation.
The Executive Chairman of the agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, disclosed this Friday, May 29, at an interactive session organized by the Bauchi State Public Health Media Network.
Mohammed said the deaths resulted from unwanted and unplanned pregnancies by both married and unmarried women of childbearing ages who, after becoming pregnant, visited quack health workers to terminate the pregnancies.
He said the lack of understanding of the importance of child spacing as well as ignorance of what to do with such pregnancies had become a major problem to family health in the state.
He emphasized the need for adequate sex education for the girl-child by parents, particularly mothers, to reduce unwanted pregnancies, thereby reducing deaths from complications.
Ondo Govt Arraigns Suspected Killers Of Funke Olakunrin
The Ondo State Government has arraigned four men suspected to have killed Mrs Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of the National Leader of Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.
Recall that it was earlier reported that the Nigeria Police Force handed over the suspects to the State Government.
They are Lawal Mazaje from the Felele area of Kogi State, Adamu Adamu from Jada area of Adamawa State, Mohammed Usman from Illela area of Sokoto State, and Auwal Abubakar from Shinkafi area of Zamfara State.
The suspects were arraigned on Friday by the government at a Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Akure.
Lagos Govt To Shutdown Markets Violating Social Distancing Order
The Lagos State Government has threatened to shut down markets in the State violating the social distancing order.
The Corps Marshal, Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), Gbemisola Akinpelu, gave the warning on Monday at the Command Headquarters in the Oshodi area of the state.
In a statement issued by the Head, Public Affairs Unit of LAGESC, Adebayo Kehinde noted that the order is coming from the State Ministry of Environment.
He reiterated the commitment of the agency to monitor markets across the state to ensure that the directive of the government is being adhered to strictly.
He urged the traders to maintain environmental cleanliness around the markets and stop trading on road setbacks and drainage.
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