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Wayne Rooney affected Walcott's decision to move to Everton

Wayne Rooney affected Walcott's decision to move to Everton

The Toffees confirmed yesterday that they have signed Walcott for £20m and handed him a three-and-a-half-year contract.

The England worldwide was attracting plenty of interest before opting to join Everton, with boyhood club Southampton also keeping tabs on his services. I think I will probably find out at some stage or other but obviously that lies in the hands of the chairman and Steve Walsh [director of football].

And the 28-year-old told a news conference on Thursday there was no great fanfare when the time came to retreive all of his personal belongings from Arsenal's training ground. Walcott's record of 108 goals in 397 games at Arsenal is skewed as he has largely been used as a substitute in the last eighteen months.

Forward Theo Walcott has revealed that former England captain Wayne Rooney was one "massive factor" which tempted him to switch from Arsenal to Everton.

The 26-year-old Tosun, Everton's first signing this window for £27m from Besiktas, also vowed to end the club's wait for silverware, which stretches back to 1995.

As quoted by the club's official website, Walcott said of his move to the Merseysiders: "I'm very ambitious and I've come here because I want the club to push to the next level". As a career decision I felt it was time.




Walcott scored 19 goals last season, including 10 in the Premier League, but has become a peripheral figure this year, playing only 64 minutes off the bench despite Arsenal's indifferent Premier League campaign.

Sam Allardyce believes new Everton signing Theo Walcott will bring "excitement" to Goodison Park.

"He's got goals. For us that's a very important ingredient where we are short in terms of creating goals".

He said: "I'm thrilled we've been able to secure a player of Theo's experience and quality".

"I actually thought I was already there when I left Crystal Palace because if you counted Limerick I was well past 1,000 games but those games weren't added because it wasn't a full-time professional club", Allardyce said.


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