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  Rooney requests Everton transfer
Updated 27 August 2004, 15.14
Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney has officially demanded a transfer from his club, Everton.

The striker is currently at the centre of a bidding war between Manchester United and Newcastle, after scoring four goals for England in Euro 2004.

United are expected to make an increased offer of 25m for the England striker, following Newcastle's latest unsuccessful 23.5m bid.

But Everton bosses insisted Rooney put in a formal request to leave the club before agreeing to sell him.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said he's really keen to sign the star.

But reports from Merseyside suggest Rooney might prefer to go to Newcastle rather than Old Trafford.

Thanks to fans

In a statement to fans Rooney 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," added the striker.

Rooney then thanked fans for their support, and said he hoped Everton would benefit from the transfer fee.

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