WAYNE ROONEY is flying to the UK overnight and expected at Derby tomorrow ahead of signing an incredible deal which will see him become a player-coach at the club.
TalkSPORT say the Rams could announce the England and Manchester United legend’s arrival later in the day.
Derby owner Mel Morris is keen to make the deal happen, despite Rooney, 33, having more than two seasons left on his contract with MLS side DC United.
Morris reckons having Rooney in the set-up will boost his side’s chances of getting back into the Premier League after they missed out in the play-off final last season.
Preliminary discussions between Derby and Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, have already taken place.
Derby have just appointed former Barcelona and Dutch midfielder Phillip Cocu as their new manager following Frank Lampard’s departure to Chelsea.
And he refused to rule out a sensation return to English football for the Three Lions’ all-time leading goalscorer after the Rams’ 2-1 win over Huddersfield last night.
Cocu said: “At the moment I cannot say anything.
“Like I said before, the team we are working on completing.
“It is not complete yet but it’s true we are working on getting the team done.
“We have a lot of players we think could be assets for the team.
“A few more days and hopefully I can say something more.
“I cannot say anything about names before things are done.”
Rooney, who left boyhood club Everton for the US last summer, has already spoken of his desire to become a coach or manager in the future, with Sun Sport telling you how he had his eyes on a return to United.
And the move would placate wife Coleen, who has told pals she wants to move home from America.
Rooney said previously: “I’m taking the steps to get my badges completed and when I finish playing I’ll see what opportunities come up.
“There’s already offers which have been made, but at the minute I’m still a player and I want to enjoy playing, and then I’ll see which offers are right when I do finish.”
When quizzed whether those offers were from England or the US, he replied: “Yeah, both. There’s an opportunity for me to go into management straight away and when I do hang my boots up, that decision will be made on what the ambition of the club is first of all, and what my ambitions are and what’s right for both myself and that particular team.”
Rooney moved to America last June to join MLS side DC United and has bagged 23 times in 42 appearances.
That came after he spent a season back at his first club Everton, whom he originally burst onto the world stage with as a teenager in 2002.
In between his spells at Goodison he spent 13 highly-successful years in Manchester.
He scored 253 goals for the Red Devils to surpass Sir Bobby Charlton as their all-time top marksman, after overtaking the same icon for top spot in the England list too.