Updated: Rooney on verge of Derby County deal

Derby County are “confident” of completing a deal to sign ex-England captain Wayne Rooney on Tuesday, according to club owner Mel Morris.

Goal were informed that Rooney, 33, was seriously considering the possibility of a return to England and the forward is now set to make a surprise return to English football in what is expected to be a player-coach role in support of Rams boss Phillip Cocu.

According to reports, the former Everton and Manchester United forward could see out the MLS season at DC United before moving to Pride Park in January.

alks looks set to continue moving quickly after Rooney flew into London’s Heathrow Airport on Tuesday.

“It’s only literally been a couple of days. I suppose the starting point was we understood Wayne was keen to return to the UK and of course we had a look at the situation and decided to see if we could actually do something on the back of that,” Morris said

“The key thing for me is the conversation he had with Phillip Cocu, which was absolutely critical to the interest that Wayne has.

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