Rooney Hands In Transfer Request

Last updated : 27 August 2004 By Paul Ewart

Wayne Rooney has today handed in a transfer request. The striker has David Moyes of his desire to play for a club who is in Europe every season; reports on Merseyside say that Newcastle is his preferred destination. The striker has said;

"I hope Everton's fans will understand my decision."

"This has been one of the hardest decisions of my life but I feel the time is now right for me to move forward with my career.

"The Euros were a fantastic experience for me. It made me realise I could play at the highest level.

"To do that I need to be with a club that is playing in Europe every year. I hope the Everton fans can come to understand my decision and I hope the transfer fee Everton Football Club receive will help the club move forward.

"The Everton fans have always been fantastic in their support of me. I hope they respect my decision and I also hope that some day in the future I could be welcomed back to watch the team I have supported since boyhood.