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Rooney U-turn almost complete with £300k-a-week deal

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Wayne Rooney is close to completing an about turn at Manchester United by agreeing a new long-term contract that would put him at the heart of David Moyes' rebuilding plans.

The England striker seemed certain to leave Old Trafford last summer with Chelsea circling after he grew disillusioned with the club and his treatment by former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

However, Moyes, who has been criticised for much during his short tenure at United, appears to have achieved a major symbolic victory by convincing Rooney to commit his future to the club.

Rooney, 28, is widely reported to be on the verge of signing a new deal which will earn him up to £300,000-a-week with performance-based incentives.

Such a deal is around £50,000-a-week more than he is said to earn now and would be a record figure for Premier League wages, giving him around £70 million over the course of his deal.

Final negotiations are still taking place, however a new four-and-a-half year contract could be confirmed by United before Wednesday.

A report from The Sun last weekend suggested the striker had already signed also reported that with club-captain Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand set to depart in the summer, Rooney would take over the armband and skipper the side.

The Press Association has said that talks, which have been taking place for some time now, are continuing and a United spokesman told Reuters: "There is no deal, which is why we haven't announced it."

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