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Transfer Rater: Rooney to Everton

 By Nick Miller

Champions League football is still out of reach for Everton

Former Evertonian Don Hutchison assess Wayne Rooney's worth at Everton and how it could rejuvenate his football.

There seems to be a sense of optimism around Everton at the moment.

The club has been busy this summer, spending the better part of £100 million on six players, including a hero returning home in Wayne Rooney. Everton have a relatively new owner with deep pockets, after years of aborted plans it looks like their new stadium might actually be built, and in Ronald Koeman they have a manager in his prime.

The optimism is well-founded, but how far will it go? Everton's aim is to reach the...

Once touted for greatness, Ross Barkley may now be odd man out at Everton

Former Evertonian Don Hutchison assess Wayne Rooney's worth at Everton and how it could rejuvenate his football.
Ronald Koeman has spoken about Aaron Lennon's return to training and how delighted he is to have him back with the squad.
Wayne Rooney has high expectations for his upcoming season with Everton and is adamant that he's got plenty left to prove.

Ross Barkley did not go to Tanzania. He has not gone to Holland and Belgium. If preseason is preparation for the campaign to come, perhaps it will come to seem an accurate precursor of the year he could endure; he may be destined for a watching brief, perhaps from afar.  

A groin problem was the official reason for Barkley's omission from Everton's tour parties. But with a contract unsigned, a future shrouded in mystery and a manager who had threatened to freeze him out unless he committed...

 By Chris Wright

Everton's Wayne Rooney selling £500 hugs for charity

The ESPN FC crew discuss Wayne Rooney's comments on Manchester United.

If you've ever hankered for a hug from Wayne Rooney, then we have some good news for you.

The Everton forward is selling off cuddles at £500 per squeeze in order to raise money for charity.

Those of you with intimacy or personal space issues, rest assured that optional selfies and handshakes are also on offer -- at a price.

Indeed, the Rooney hug experience will cost a lofty £1,000 for two people.

The event is being organised by the A1 Sporting Speakers agency and will take place in September.


ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Olivier Giroud: Arsenal, BVB, Everton, Marseille, West Ham sales pitch

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud has hinted that he could be on his way out of the Emirates before the start of the new season.
Arsene Wenger explains his thought process behind having his strikers vie for limited spots in his lineups.
With Arsenal's strike force growing, Stevie Nicol delves into where exactly, if at all, Olivier Giroud fits in.
Shaka Hislop talks the ins and outs of Mesut Ozil's rumoured decision to stay with the Gunners for the upcoming season.
Theo Walcott is relishing additional attacking competition ahead of Arsenal's busy season ahead.

Olivier Giroud's career is at a crossroads, with his time at Arsenal coming to an end a real possibility during the summer transfer window.

The France international was once the Gunners' undisputed No. 1 striker, but the club-record signing of Alexandre Lacazette and the continued presence of Alexis Sanchez point toward him spending more time on the bench next season if he stays.

Giroud, who turns 31 in September, has been linked with several clubs in the Premier League and further afield should...

At £50m, Sigurdsson isn't the solution to Everton's creativity quandary

Everton manager Ronald Koeman believes Wayne Rooney's experience of winning titles can help his side be successful.

Coinciding with a much brighter financial outlook and increased spending power, Everton manager Ronald Koeman has overseen the arrival of six new signings as spending nears the £100 million mark. Work on improving a squad that finished seventh last season has begun at breakneck pace.

Aside from the protracted and inevitable loss of top scorer Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United in the past week, this transfer window marks a role reversal for a club generally used to receiving hefty transfer...

 By Simon Kuper

Footballers like Wayne Rooney don't choose between loyalty or money

Shaka Hislop gives his perspective as to whether money or sentiment plays a bigger factor in transfers.
Wayne Rooney marked his second Everton debut with a stunning goal in the club's pre-season friendly against Gor Mahia.
Former Evertonian Don Hutchison assess Wayne Rooney's worth at Everton and how it could rejuvenate his football.
Relive a few goals throughout Wayne Rooney's career, as he now stands alone Man United's all-time list.

"I've kept it quiet for the last 13 years," Wayne Rooney revealed on rejoining Everton from Manchester United this week, "but I've actually been wearing Everton pyjamas at home with my kids." The message to Everton fans who had reviled him since his departure for United in 2004: he has always remained a fan of "the club I have supported since a boy."

Let's hope the pyjama story was the last word of an absurd debate. Asking Rooney (or any other player) to behave like a lifelong "fan" of a club...