Walcott: Rooney helped lure me to Everton

Theo Walcott has revealed that a sales pitch from Wayne Rooney convinced him to switch Arsenal for Everton.

The 47-cap England international, 28, signed for the Toffees on Wednesday in a deal reportedly worth £20m, joining Rooney at Goodison Park ahead of Saturday’s clash with West Brom.

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"I had numerous chats with Wayne and that was one massive factor which really tempted me to come to Everton," Walcott told EvertonTV.

"He told me it was a great place to play football and a club that is on the up. Those are the reasons I came here. 

"This is a club with great history. The fans are brilliant, they are always passionate … and I used to find it very tough playing here.

"You want to be part of something and Wayne feels Everton are really going to improve."

Walcott has been unable to find the net in the Premier League this season, making just six appearances for the Gunners, but has scored a total of four goals across 16 matches in all competitions.

Having managed to score 10 goals from 28 league appearances last season, Walcott insists he has plenty to offer the Toffees.

"I was very proud of what I did last season – scoring 19 goals," he said. "I want to bring that to Everton Football Club.

"I want to be part of the attacking force that is here. It always comes down to hard work and I think the manager here will get the best out of all the players.

"I just want to play football and enjoy it again. I feel this move will make that happen."