Rooney agrees 'deal in principle' to join MLS side DC United

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"I don't get involved in anything regarding transfers or negotiations".

Allardyce is already said to have told Moshiri that Rooney does not figure in his plans next season, but there are reportedly figures in the Everton boardroom who want to keep the fan favourite.

Earlier this week, Allardyce said he wanted England's and Manchester United's record goalscorer to see out the final year of his contract next season and added: 'There have been rumours about Wayne going overseas, China or America.

"But in terms of clarity of whether Wayne is staying or leaving, I'll find out a little more later when he comes into training". All I know is that there appears to be an interest from D.C. United - where that is and where that lies and where Wayne lies with it, I can't tell you at the moment.

"I really enjoyed him at Everton when he was young - and I enjoyed him at United - he helped me a lot at United".

The sentiment that followed Rooney's return to Goodison Park from Manchester United, where his career burgeoned, never outlasted Sam Allardyce's arrival last November.

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"We have not been in any hard situations with me".

However, the former England worldwide last scored for the Blues on Dec.18 and was left visibly frustrated when substituted during last month's Merseyside derby.

While the manager has laced his criticism with some praise, even suggesting earlier this week that it would take "a massive offer" to tempt Everton to sell, it was hard to escape the conclusion that he felt the speed of games was passing the player by.

"No manager or coach can guarantee a player his place in the side".

Allardyce's own situation is also uncertain following supporter unrest at recent performances but the 63-year-old showed every intention of staying at the club next season.

One year on, it may be even more hard to succeed. "The next level of recruitment has to be quality players who get into the team and make them better than they are at this moment in time".

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