Wayne Rooney is reportedly on the verge of signing a new five-year £300,000 a week contract with Manchester United.

Negotiations are still on-going but the club and player are believed to have reached agreement on a deal to increase his current £250k per week wages to a Premier League record level (£78m over five years) and keep the 28-year-old at Old Trafford.

Rooney has been linked with an exit ever since the end of last season, when former manager Alex Ferguson said he had made a transfer request, and Chelsea were reported to be interested in him.

United's dip in form - they are seventh in the table, 11 points off the top four - appeared to be another cause for concern regarding Rooney's future but the opening of talks several weeks ago appear to allayed fears of him leaving.

Team-mate Patrice Evra could also be set for an extended stay as there is a possibility the Frenchman, who was expected to be part of a summer clear-out when his contract expires, could get a new deal due to the terms of his contract - having started all-but-one of their Premier League games this campaign.

The 32-year-old has been linked with a return to France and manager David Moyes did have an interest in Everton's Leighton Baines, only for the England defender to sign a new contract recently.