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Last Updated: Saturday, 28 June, 2003, 10:13 GMT 11:13 UK
Jeffers wants Everton return
Jeffers wants a switch to Everton
Arsenal striker Francis Jeffers has admitted he wants to quit Highbury to rejoin former club Everton.

Jeffers had made only 13 starts for Arsenal in two seasons since his 10m switch from Goodison Park.

And now he has gone public on his desire to re-sign for the club he supported as a boy and play alongside his close friend Wayne Rooney.

Jeffers has been offered to Leeds as part of a proposed exchange deal for Harry Kewell - and Birmingham had to ditch a move because they could not afford his personal terms.

But rumours that Jeffers actually wanted to return to Goodison have been circulating for months.

He would have to take a cut on his reported 30,000-a-week wages to sign for Everton, who would also need to find a 3m fee.

Arsene Wenger is a great manager and I haven't got any problems, but |'d love a move back to Everton
Francis Jeffers

But Jeffers is likely to agree to a package if Everton boss David Moyes declares his interest.

He said: "I love living in London and playing for Arsenal, but I haven't been getting much first team action.

"I was injured a couple of times and that puts you at the back of the queue.

"There are some fantastic strikers at Arsenal and I would have to wait for my chance, which is exactly how it should be.

"Arsene Wenger is a great manager and I haven't got any problems, but |'d love a move back to Everton.

"It's no secret that I'm a massive Everton fan and always will be. I love the club. They have come on in leaps and bounds since I left and David Moyes seems to be doing an amazing job."

Jeffers was paired with Rooney for England against Australia at Upton Park in the 3-1 defeat.

And Jeffers, who was England's goalscorer, wants to revive it at club level.

"Wayne is an amazing player. I would love to turn out for Everton with him alongside me. We're good mates and we'd make a great partnership on the pitch."



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