Rooney to snub MLS move if Big Sam leaves Everton
GOSSIP & RUMOURS By Mirror | May 11th 2018 | 3 min read
Wayne Rooney looks certain to quit Everton... unless Sam Allardyce leaves them first.
The Blues' striker is in advanced talks with Major League Soccer's DC United over a big-money move to become their marquee signing in July, as the Washington club prepare to move into a new stadium.
Owner Farhad Moshiri gave ex-England captain Rooney permission to speak to the Americans but he wants to stay at Goodison — and will hope that decisions are taken to allow him to finish the two-year contract he signed last summer.
DC United want a big name as they prepare to move to their new ground, Audi Field, and Rooney fits the bill with his career at boyhood club Everton looking increasingly uncertain.
The Mirror understands manager Allardyce has made clear he would not stand in the way of the 32-year-old leaving in the summer, even though he is their leading scorer this season.
In recent talks with Moshiri, veteran boss Big Sam laid out his plans for next season — and he doesn’t see Rooney figuring in the first team.
Moshiri seems to have accepted the direction of his current manager, which is why he gave the player permission to speak to clubs.
But there are other senior figures within the boardroom who are keen on keeping the player’s vast experience... and his connection with the fans.
Rooney will give DC United his final answer by the end of this month.
The Scouser is a lifelong Blue, admitting to wearing Everton pyjamas even when a Manchester United player, but will leave if it seems clear Allardyce is going to remain in charge.
However, if there are indications Big Sam is going to be replaced - Moshiri is said to still be uncertain about exactly what direction to take over a manager for next season - then he will wait to see who the replacement would be, and listen to his plans.
Many within the club feel Rooney is well placed to help any new boss IF there is a change in the summer.
The fans have grown increasingly restless over Allardyce’s style of play, and a mass walk-out at last weekend's final home game of the season has prompted boardroom fears supporters will stay away next season if he is retained - hitting revenues badly.
Moshiri has a big call to make, and so far he has fought hard not to make any commitment to Allardyce but has not yet found a replacement either.
Rooney WILL leave if a decision is not made soon.
The board are set to meet next week, and Moshiri will be urged to act decisively and offer a clear direction on the club’s future.
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