LA Galaxy move for Rooney...as we revealed two weeks ago
Wayne Rooney's potential move to Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy is now the subject of specualtion in an English tabloid newspaper, two weeks after the Sunday World broke the story on our back page.
Kevin Palmer's exclusive in the Sunday World on October 16th revealed LA Galaxy officials had been in touch with Rooney's advisers to assess his availability after slipping down the the pecking order of manager Jose Mourinho at United.
Our report confirming a tip-off that Rooney could replace Steven Gerrard as one of LA Galaxy's marquee players in 2017 (below) has now been followed up The Sun, who claim initial talks are underway for the United skipper to make the move to America.
Rooney has made it clear to his advisers that he is determined to remain at United until he breaks Bobby Charlton's long-standing club scoring record, but it appears he is open to the prospect of a move to America.
Yet Rooney's United future appeals to be bleak after reports emerged claiming Rooney has been told by Mourinho that he needs to leave United if he wants to play regular first team football.
There have been rumours that England captain Rooney could move to China, but Major League Soccer chiefs are eyeing up a swoop for a player who could raise the profile of their brand across the globe.
Rooney's huge social media reach could be expanded if he made the move to America and at the age of 31, he could forge an extended final chapter of his career in Los Angeles.
It remains to be seen whether Galaxy would be ready to pay Rooney the kind of wages he may demand to move to America, but it appears the prospect of his exit from United is edging closer.
Meanwhile, there are no further updates on LA Galaxy's contract discussions with former Republic of Ireland skipper Robbie Keane, who is out of contract at the end of this season.
Injuries have disrupted Keane's progress this season, but he would doubtless relish the chance to link up with Rooney in LA Galaxy colours at some point next year.