England captain Wayne Rooney has reportedly emerged as a surprise transfer target for new Major League Soccer franchise Los Angeles FC, according to the Daily Star.
The 31-year-old, who has 119 international caps for the Three Lions, but is on the bench to face Spain at Wembley on Tuesday night, will be the MLS outfit’s priority ahead of their debut in 2018.
Rooney, who has been at Manchester United since 2004 following his move from Premier League rivals Everton, has scored two goals and provided seven assists in 15 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils so far this season.
With the forward; who is skipper for both club and country, currently in and out of the first-team picture on both fronts, LA owner and president, Tom Penn, is keen to try his luck and lure Rooney across the Atlantic.
“Wayne Rooney is an example of the calibre of player we are looking to bring to LA FC,” he said.
“We are still 18 months away from our first MLS game, so we will see if players of Rooney’s status and reputation are interested.
“LA FC is a club with the ambition to match its surroundings, so it is important for us to attract players with a global reputation.
“He is one of 10 names we are looking at, but we are a long way from signing anybody up right now.”