Everton star Wayne Rooney takes giant step to MLS move with trip to Belfast to finalise paper work

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Wayne Rooney has taken another giant step towards moving to America – with a trip to Northern Ireland.

The England, Manchester United and Everton legend made a flying visit to the US Consulate in Belfast yesterday as part of his visa application process.

The paperwork will be required if he decides to switch from Everton to MLS side DC United.

Rooney, England and United’s record goalscorer, was seen with agent Paul Stretford outside the Consulate being picked up in a chauffer driven black Mercedes.

There was no sign of wife Coleen, who has always been supportive of his career and is expected to join Rooney with their children if he signs for the Washington based team.

The former England captain has already discussed personal terms with DC United who will have provided much of the paperwork required for his visa, but discussions continue between the player, Everton and the American club.

Wayne Rooney is seen in Belfast

The former England striker has been linked with a move to DC United

Rooney’s season with Everton tailed off

If he decides to move across the Atlantic it will mark the end of an era for the 32-year-old striker after 16 years in the Premier League.

He flew to Washington last month to look around the club although a source told the Washington Post: “By no means is the deal done but it is a step in the right direction.”

Rooney would not be eligible to play for his new club until July 10 when the American transfer window opens.

Rooney only returned to boyhood team Everton last summer, but new boss Marco Silva and recently appointed director of football Marcel Brands need to reduce the wage bill and shed players as they attempt to re-shape the squad.

Agent Paul Stretford was seen alongside Rooney

The US Consulate in Belfast

Rooney and Stretford appeared happy

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Rooney would like to see out the final year of his Goodison contract, plus an optional extra 12 months, but the new Everton management team said they will not stand in the way of him moving.

Rooney will be earning £300,000 a week in America, but his wages will be shared between Manchester United, Everton, DC United and and the MLS, who help finance some big-name stars.

DC United are desperate for a big name as they move to a new 20,000 capacity stadium next month.

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