Manchester United news: MLS chief declares desire to bring Wayne Rooney to America

Having struggled to win back a starting spot under manager Jose Mourinho, captain Rooney has been increasingly linked to a number of overseas clubs

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Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney has emerged as a top target for MLS side Los Angeles FC.

Chairman Tom Penn has declared his interest in recruiting the United star as the newly formed club prepares to debut in the 2018 season.

After losing his starting place under Jose Mourinho, Rooney has been increasingly linked to a number of sides outside the Premier League and has already turned offers from the Chinese Super League.

Despite his reported desire to stay at United, Penn revealed that LA FC have identified the 31-year-old has a top target as they look to assemble their first-team squad.

"Wayne Rooney is an example of the calibre of player we are looking to bring to LA FC," Penn told ESPN FC.

"He is one of 10 names we are looking at, but we are a long way from signing anybody up right now.

"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.

"But 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."

Los Angeles are keen to recruit their own ‘global star’ ahead of their entry into MLS, knowing they'll to need to match rivals LA Galaxy who have a record for signing big-name players over the years.

Alongside Wayne Rooney, LA FC have also reportedly set their sights on Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas and Real Madrid’s Luka Modric.

The club's executive vice-president, John Thorrington, added: "We are interested in a player or players who are passionate about becoming the first LAFC legend.

"The player our fans and organisation point to in a five to 10 years as a player who played a major role in growing LAFC to be the global brand we aspire to become.

"I knew there would be interest but I have been surprised at the level of player and coach who have already expressed interest in joining our amazing project."

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