Los Angeles FC owner Tom Penn has confirmed he is interested in bringing Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney to the new franchise.
The 31-year-old has been heavily linked with an exit from Old Trafford after falling down the pecking order since the start of this season.
The former Everton man turned down the chance to join Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan over the summer, with his current deal at United, who are priced at 21.00 to win the Premier League, running until 2019.
Rooney’s future remains uncertain with the Red Devils and it appears he may be handed the chance to follow in the footsteps of David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard by heading to the MLS.
LA FC are set to make their debut in the MLS in two years’ time and Penn has revealed Rooney is a player they are set to target when they assemble their squad.
Penn said: “Wayne Rooney is an example of the calibre of player we are looking to bring to LA 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.”