By Joe Harker
Since returning to Everton as the prodigal son last summer, Wayne Rooney has become the club's top scorer for the season and done his best to fill the void left by Romelu Lukaku.
However, it has not all been good for Rooney as he has often struggled to make an impact and the club itself has been disappointed by the season. He hasn't scored since December and is not the first choice in any of his preferred positions. A move to the United States could be on the cards.
The club reportedly interested in signing Rooney is DC United, who are in "advanced talks" after weeks of discussion. It may be an enticing prospect for Rooney who could consider his time in the Premier League at an end after becoming Manchester United's all-time top scorer, winning an impressive haul of trophies and returning to his boyhood club for one more season.
Everton manager Sam Allardyce said it would take a "massive offer" to get the club to part ways with Rooney and insisted he wanted him to stick around for next season. The pair appeared to have a falling out earlier in the season but Allardyce made his stance on the matter clear. He said: "Do I want him to stay? Yes.
"There are rumours about Wayne going elsewhere abroad - in China and America - but rumours are rumours we won't find out until Wayne and his agent have been contacted whether he wants to move, but at the moment he is an Everton fan and an Everton player."
The BBC reports that a "deal in principle" to take Rooney to the US has been agreed. Nothing has yet been signed but a fee of £12.5 million could be involved and the contract offered would be a two-year deal.
HITC reports that Everton fans support the idea of selling Rooney, both because of his high wages and his lack of consistent performances. The move has not been a resounding success and other players in the squad are ahead of Rooney in the pecking order for multiple positions. If they can see him off before his return to the club goes sour then that would be the best solution for all involved.
The Liverpool Echo suggests Everton are in a similar position to when they sold him to United over a decade ago, ultimately coming to the conclusion that the club can be better without him. He came back for a season where it wasn't all good but certainly wasn't all bad either, now Everton might once again consider selling Rooney.