New Derby County man Wayne Rooney reportedly urged former DC United team-mate Luciano Acosta to join him at the English Championship club.
Former Manchester United striker Rooney left the Major League Soccer side following the end of the season and has now agreed a deal to sign for Derby as player-coach in January.
Having arrived to undertake early training, Rooney is expected to bring some much needed goals to Phillip Cocu’s side, who are currently sitting in 16th place in Championship table.
Dutch manager Cocu, who has seen his side struggle to score, netting just 18 goals in their opening 16 league games – could well move to bring in some other attacking options when the January transfer window opens and a link to Acosta has now arose.
Rooney is reported by lamanodedios.com.ar to have urged Acosta to follow him into Pride Park after striking up a good partnership with the Argentine in Washington.
Acosta is currently looking for a new club after also leaving DC United and he has been linked with a move back to his former club, Boca Juniors.
The 25-year-old attacker scored 25 goals and gained 35 assists in 128 games for DC United, netting six in the league last season.
What a signing it could be. Acosta is certainly a talent and a creative one at that. A connection between him and Rooney could spark something fresh and exciting at Pride Park but his desire to return to his homeland is playing a large part at present.
That being said, if Cocu and Derby offered him a good deal – then the appeal of playing in England could tempt Acosta.
Rooney’s pending arrival at the club is an exciting one in itself, but having Acosta too would only give Derby fans a reason to smile heading into the second half of the season.