Everton striker Wayne Rooney has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with Major League Soccer club DC United.
He will officially complete his move when the US mid-season transfer window opens on 10 July.
The 32-year-old’s deal is worth £10m, meaning he becomes the highest paid player in DC United’s history.
D.C. United did not reveal any contract details, but the Washington Post said Rooney will become the franchise’s highest-paid player after signing a two-and-a-half-year contract that will pay him about $13 million in total.
In Everton’s statement announcing the transfer, the Premier League club suggested Rooney was going to sign a deal for three and a half years.
Rooney could start training with his new team by the end of this week, according to the Post, which reported that he has already secured his U.S. visa and work permit. An introductory news conference has been scheduled for Monday morning.
“Wayne is undoubtedly one of the best players in Premier League history and his goal scoring record for club and country speaks for itself,” D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper said. “He is a world-class player and he elevates those around him, both through his work-ethic and winning mentality. We are beyond excited to add someone of Rooney’s caliber and we are thrilled to welcome him to D.C.”
Everton and DC United made the announcement simultaneously on Thursday afternoon.
Rooney will make his debut when the club open their new 20,000-capacity Audi Field Stadium on 14 July.
“Moving to America and MLS fulfils another career ambition for me,” Rooney told the club website.
“I have the hunger to be a success here and will give DC 100% – as I have always done for every team I have ever played for. Now I can’t wait to get on the pitch in a United shirt and join my new teammates to bring success to this club.”
Manchester United and England’s record goalscorer agreed a deal in principle last month but was undecided about leaving Everton halfway through his two-year contract.
He will leave the Premier League as its second highest goalscorer with 208 goals, bettered only by Alan Shearer (260).