Wayne Rooney has moved a step closer to leaving Everton after travelling to Belfast to visit the American consulate, reports the Mirror. Rooney returned to Goodison Park last summer and finished the campaign as the club’s top scorer with 11 goals in all competitions.
He started the season in fine form but struggled in the second half and failed to score after bagging in the 3-1 win over Swansea City on December 18th. With new manager Marco Silva and Director of Football Marcel Brands working to reshape the squad and reduce the wage bill Rooney has been identified as one who could leave and progress has already been made.
Last month it was revealed that he had already held discussions with MLS side D.C. United and that move has continued to progress with him now spotted outside the US consulate in Belfast with agent Paul Stretford.
It is believed the former Manchester United forward made a flying visit to deal with the paperwork that is necessary as part of his visa application. The Mirror report that talks between Everton and DC United are on going with the Blues keen to sell but Rooney preferring to stay on Merseyside and see out the remaining one year of his contract.
This latest step is likely to be Rooney and his agent simply planning ahead should the move happen although going as far as arranging the visa paperwork suggests he is now closer to leaving than getting his wish to stay.