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Derby owner confirms Rooney deal is almost done

With a move to Derby County reportedly on the cards, Wayne Rooney was spotted at Heathrow Airport in London on Tuesday.

Rooney arrives at Heathrow Airport ahead of reported Derby County move

Wayne Rooney arrived at Heathrow Airport in England on Tuesday ahead of a move to Derby County from MLS side DC United.

Derby County's owner, Mel Morris, says the club are "confident" of completing a deal to sign ex-England captain Wayne Rooney on Tuesday.

Rooney, 33, is set to make a surprise return to English football in what is expected to be a player-coach role in support of Rams boss Phillip Cocu.

Media reports relating to a return to English football began circulating on Monday as Derby opened their Championship campaign with a 2-1 win at Huddersfield Town.

Not done but Derby are confident of signing Rooney

"It's never done until it's done but we're obviously focused and very keen to get it over the line this morning," Morris told talkSPORT.

England's most-capped outfield player was said to be flying to London to complete the deal and was spotted at Heathrow the following day, taking photos with fans after his arrival.

The former Manchester United and Everton star has long been expected to go into management, having undertaken coaching courses alongside his duties as a player.

Should reports prove accurate, he will combine those roles at Pride Park.