England’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney could be on his way back to English football as player-coach with Championship side Derby County, according to reports.
The Daily Telegraph has reported that Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, has already had preliminary talks with officials from Derby about a move.
Rooney is currently playing for Washington-based DC United in the MLS. He had a stellar impact in the US, scoring 25 goals in 43 games, and making the MLS all-star XI.
However, there have been rumours that the former Everton and Manchester United star was looking to return home, with talk that his family have failed to settle.
As Rooney has 16 months left on his DC contract, it isn’t known how much it would take to buy him out of it.
A move to Derby would make sense. Rooney is looking for a move into coaching when he retires – he is currently taking his UEFA coaching badges – and learning under a coach such as Philip Cocu would give him valuable experience. He also still has plenty to offer as a player and would no doubt be a force in the Championship.
The move would be a statement for County, who are looking to get promotion having been beaten by Aston Villa in last season’s play-off final.