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The Mail reports that majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri was keen to allow the 32-year-old to leave the Toffees during the upcoming summer window, and a £12.5 million move to MLS appeared to be all but done with Rooney resigned to leaving the club he only rejoined in 2017.

Regardless of instigating a attainable transfer away from Everton - it's understood proprietor Farhad Moshiri authorised approaches by membership officers to each DC United and golf equipment in China - there's now the distinct chance Rooney will likely be requested to stay on Merseyside subsequent season.

"My understanding of the situation is there seems to have been some negotiation somewhere along the line", said Allardyce ahead of his side's trip to West Ham.

Rooney underwent treatment on a minor knee injury at the club's Finch Farm training base on Friday and made a decision to leave when the squad of fit players headed out for their afternoon session. I don't get involved in anything regarding transfers in or out or negotiations.

According to Everton manager Sam Allardyce, Rooney has not asked to leave.

"I can tell you great stories about Wayne and the things that he has done".

"We talk to the player about that situation, whoever it might be, and say levels have to be lifted".

Rooney is the top scorer for Everton this season, with 11 goals in all competitions.

Allardyce is expected to find out about his own future this week with Moshiri contemplating whether to sack the Everton manager and pay around £6million in compensation.

There had been suggestions Rooney had demanded the guarantee of regular football next season, but Allardyce rubbished that idea. If the player wants to leave - if any player does - I'm comfortable with it.

In this picture, Wayne Rooney of Everton reacts during the Premier League match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park on April 23, 2018, in Liverpool, England.

"If they don't play well, you can't select them".

"I have a contract". Fair play to him, he could probably have stayed at Man Utd and drifted in and out but he's gone back to his boyhood club.