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Last Updated: Monday, 21 June, 2004, 21:42 GMT 22:42 UK
Moyes realistic over Rooney

Everton striker Wayne Rooney
Everton boss David Moyes has admitted he would think about selling Wayne Rooney if a club offered 50m for him.

Speculation linking the 18-year-old with a move to Manchester United or Chelsea has raged in the wake of his four goals for England at Euro 2004.

Moyes told the Everton website: "I think if somebody came in with 50m, everybody in the country would be saying that we'd be right to take it.

"I'd be lying if I said there wasn't a price on everybody's head - there is."

Moyes added: "I can only say that we've got no intentions of selling Wayne just now, unless I get told by the board that we have to or unless Wayne tells me that he doesn't want to play for Everton anymore.

"One of the things I said when I came to this club is, 'I don't want to sell my best players', and as far as I'm concerned, we're not in the business of selling."

Moyes also admitted he was unhappy with England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson's comments that he would call Rooney's agent if he was a club manager.

"First of all, I would expect the manager of England to know the rules and know that it is illegal to do that, because the player is under contract," said Moyes.

He is a phenomenal talent and the prospect of him pulling on a United shirt is frightening
Man Utd striker Ruud van Nistelrooy
"Secondly, it's the last thing we'd want.

"I don't think that if he were manager of Everton, he'd want to be sitting in this position and hearing an international manager saying that about one of his players."

The Goodison Park club - 30m in debt and with no money to spend on new players this summer - have yet to receive any bids for Rooney.

Everton chief executive Trevor Birch is ready to discuss an extension to Rooney's contract - which has two years left to run - as soon as the teenager is ready.

In the meantime Birch has had to endure daily speculation after Rooney impressed in England's 2-1 defeat to France, then scored twice in the 3-0 win over Switzerland.

But there appears to be little the club can do to stop Rooney's list of admirers growing.

Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy said on Sunday: "He is a phenomenal talent and the prospect of him pulling on a United shirt is frightening."

Chelsea's new coach Jose Mourinho has also confirmed his admiration.

And on Sunday Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger told BBC Radio Five Live: "He is the revelation of the tournament for people who do not work in English football but for me he is no surprise.

"30m looks to me a very high price for any player in the world, but I don't look at players from the money point of view. I look at the player and the interesting thing about Rooney is the player he could become."

But Wenger ruled out a move by his club, saying: "We have the strikers we need and are not in the market."






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