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. The 32-year-old's deal is worth £10m, which makes him become the highest paid player in DC United's history.
Everton and DC United made the announcement simultaneously on Thursday afternoon. “It is fantastic to be joining DC United at such an exciting time in the club’s history with the new stadium opening in just a few weeks, moving to America and MLS fulfils another career ambition for me.
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.'' Rooney said after the announcement.
When I visited earlier this summer I was really impressed with everyone I met connected with the club, and of course the new Audi Field. 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.”
“This is a seminal moment for our fans and organization,” said DC United’s managing general partner and CEO Jason Levien.
“Wayne is a global soccer icon and his presence at DC United will elevate our product on the pitch and soccer as a whole in our city and in this country.
He will leave the Premier League as the second-highest goalscorer with 208 goals, superseded only by Alan Shearer with 260.