WAYNE ROONEY has taken a massive step towards his MLS move by applying for his American working visa.
The Everton legend flew to Belfast on Friday to visit the US Consulate as he prepares to join US side DC United.
Rooney, 32, was seen with his agent Paul Stretford being picked up after the appointment in a chauffeured black Mercedes.
The former England captain and Manchester United all-time top-scorer is expected to complete his move to Washington in the coming days.
Rooney has already undergone a medical with the club and has been house hunting in the American capital with wife Coleen.
Coleen and kids Kai, Klay, Kit and Cass are expected to join Rooney in America when the deal is done.
He would not be eligible to play for his new side until July 10 when the MLS transfer window opens.
Rooney only made his emotional return to Everton last summer after winning five Premier League titles in a trophy-laden spell at United.
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Yet he failed to hold down a regular starting spot with his boyhood club as the Toffees endured a disappointing campaign under Ronald Koeman and then Sam Allardyce.
Big Sam has since been axed and replaced by Marco Silva, who remains keen to keep Rooney at Goodison Park.
The Portuguese boss said on his unveiling this week: “Rooney is a club legend and we need to understand everything. The door is open every time for him.
“I will talk with him, see everything that’s happening at the moment and after it’s Wayne’s decision.”
But Rooney has been in talks with DC United chiefs since May and is still expected to make the move after 16 years – and 208 goals – in the Prem.
The US side have already completed the bulk of paperwork for the deal and are understood to be willing to match Rooney’s £300k-a-week wage packet.