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Portland Timbers make public push for Man Utd captain Rooney

Portland Timbers have confirmed interest in Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney.

Merritt Paulson, who owns MLS champions Portland Timbers, has confirmed American franchises are monitoring the 30-year-old's future closely and are ready to beat lucrative offers expected from China.

Paulson said: “I would argue he still has some good soccer ahead of him.

“I think he would be a great signing for MLS - 100 per cent MSL would be attractive for him.

“Keeping in mind that is a very talented footballer, who has quality soccer ahead of him, you are not talking about a 34 or 35 year old.

“I get excited about the impact he would have in the MLS more than a guy who is coming in later in his career.

“The MLS is offering significant money. There were conversations with some guys who are as big a name as Rooney recently. “Players need to make their own choices but I think about other leagues being competitors for talent more than I do the Chinese league, where certainly there is a lot of money being splashed around."

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