Rooney to DC United: The Five Best MLS Imports From the Premier League

Wayne Rooney looks ready to become the latest Premier League star headed to the MLS, amid rumors he has held talks with D.C. United.

The club approached England's record goalscorer last summer when it became clear Rooney's 13-year reign at Manchester United was coming to an end. However, the Liverpudlian opted to remain in the Premier League and instead returned to his boyhood club Everton.

Wayne Rooney during the lap of honour after the Premier League match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park on May 5, 2018. Alex Livesey/Getty Images

However, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday that D.C. United have resumed talks with the 32-year-old and a source close to the club suggested D.C. has a 50 percent chance of signing Rooney, who currently earns a $136,000-a-week salary, when the MLS transfer window opens on July 10.

The Daily Mail reported Rooney's agent Paul Stretford has already held negotiations with the franchise, adding that Everton would not stand in Rooney's way if he wanted to leave England.

Should Manchester United's record goalscorer cross the Atlantic, he would become the latest in a series of illustrious former Premier League stars to have played in both leagues. Newsweek has picked the five most successful MLS imports from the Premier League.

John Harkes (D.C. United 1996-98, New England Revolution 1999-2001, Columbus Crew 2001-2002)

The first ever American to play in the Premier League, Harkes was one of the biggest names to return in the U.S. for the launch of the MLS, swapping Derby County for D.C. United. In fact, Harkes became D.C.'s first registered player and guided the club to back-to-back titles, as well as a MLS Supporters Shield and a U.S. Open Cup.

Harkes also led United to become the first U.S. team to win the CONCACAF Champions Cup, before winning the U.S. Open Cup in his only season with Columbus.

David Beckham (Los Angeles Galaxy 2007-2012)

While not strictly a Premier League import as he arrived in Los Angeles from Real Madrid, Beckham makes the list as he became a worldwide star during his spell at Manchester United. Much more than a footballer even by the time he signed for the Galaxy in 2007, his stint in the MLS was far from a PR stunt, as he made 124 appearances for the club and won two MLS Cups and an MLS Supporters' Shield.

David Beckham looks on while taking on the Houston Dynamo in the 2012 MLS Cup at The Home Depot Center on December 1, 2012 in Carson, California. Harry How/Getty Images

Juan Pablo Angel (New York Red Bulls 2007-2010, Los Angeles Galaxy 2011, Chivas USA 2011-2012)

Angel managed just a combined seven league goals in his last two seasons at Aston Villa, but the move across the Atlantic appeared to rejuvenate him. The Colombian scored 62 goals in 111 appearances for the New York Red Bulls and still remains the second-most prolific scorer in the franchise's history.

Following a unsuccessful spell in Los Angeles with the Galaxy, Angel moved to Chivas USA, where he scored 12 goals in 32 games over two seasons. However, despite his goalscoring exploits, the Colombian failed to win a major trophy during his time in the U.S.

Juan Pablo Angel #9 of Chivas USA celebrates his second goal of the game in the second half during the MLS match against Toronto FC at The Home Depot Center on September 24, 2011 in Carson, California. Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

Robbie Keane (Los Angeles Galaxy 2011-2016)

During his stint in the U.S. Robbie Keane did exactly what he had become famous for in the Premier League: score goals. The Irishman netted 104 goals in 165 games during his spell with the Galaxy, which returned three MLS Cups and an MLS Supporters' Shield in four seasons.

Named the league MVP in 2014, Keane scored 85 league goals in 125 games and his 0.69 goals-per-game ratio is better than that of any of the top 10 goalscorers in MLS history.

Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls 2013-present)

Arguably one of the most unheralded signings in MLS history, Wright-Phillips moved to New York in a bid to revitalize a career that was in danger of fizzling out in England. The former Manchester City forward became the first Englishman to score a hat-trick in the league and matched the league's record for most goals in a single campaign with 27 .

A two-time MLS Golden Boot winner, the 33-year-old is the Red Bulls' all-time record goalscorer and has won two MLS Supporters Shields during his time in the Big Apple.