D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen has confirmed the club’s interest in signing Wayne Rooney from Everton.
England’s record goalscorer has been linked with a move to MLS after a largely disappointing campaign since returning to his boyhood club last July.
Everton boss Sam Allardyce said on Friday that he thought there had been some discussions between the player and the MLS side, although he insisted Rooney had not asked for a transfer.
Olsen, who didn’t seem much in the mood to be interviewed, eventually admitted that the club has some interest in bringing the Manchester United captain to the United States, but said that no deal was in place when hounded by Hollywood gossip site TMZ .
“I’m not sure what you’re talking about,” he initially said when asked about the interest in Rooney.
He then added: “Certainly, the deal is not done. Obviously, there is some interest from our end.”
Rooney returned to Everton in 2017 after 13 years at Manchester United, in which he won 12 major honors and became the club’s all-time record scorer with 253 goals.
The 32-year-old has scored 11 times this season but has failed to find the net in the Premier League since the 3-1 win over Swansea City on December 18.