Tim Howard, 36, is in “serious talks” with Colorado Rapids and is “highly likely” to end his 10-year stay with Everton and move to Major League Soccer in May.
That’s according to NBC Sports, who claim Howard is in advanced talks with the Rapids after initially expressing their interest in the goalkeeper last month.
Colorado’s interest in Howard first emerged earlier this month, and now sources have confirmed that Howard is indeed interested in returning to MLS.
One source with knowledge of the negotiations indicated that “discussions are ongoing and positive.”
Howard signed a four-year contract with Everton in 2014 that lasts until 2018, but a source said his 10-year spell with the club makes it unlikely that MLS will need to pay a transfer fee in order to obtain his services.
In terms of salary, the source said Howard will earn between $2-3 million per year, making him easily the highest-paid goalkeeper in MLS. According to salary data from the 2015 season provided by the MLS Players Union, a salary of $2 million would put Howard in the top 15 of MLS salaries base of total compensation.
The Rapids acquired the top spot in the MLS allocation order from the Chicago Fire during the MLS SuperDraft, meaning that among MLS sides, they have the first option to land Howard.
Howard is an iconic figure in US soccer, especially after his epic performance in the 2014 World Cup, in which he made 15 saves in the round-of-16 defeat against Belgium. Howard has also been a mainstay for the Toffees, logging more than 400 appearances in all competitions.
But Howard has endured some shaky performances this season for Everton, and while he continues to have the faith of manager Roberto Martinez, fans have been vocal in their criticism of him and are calling for Joel Robles to be inserted into the line-up.