Transfer news: Theo Walcott reveals who convinced him to join Everton

Theo Walcott has revealed Wayne Rooney was a “massive factor” in his move from Arsenal to Everton.

Walcott completed his £20m move to Goodison Park on Wednesday, after spending 12 years at the Emirates, where he scored 108 goals in 397 appearances.

The winger’s former club, Southampton, were keen to land the 28-year-old this month, but he opted for Everton after conversations with Rooney.

“I had numerous chats with Wayne and that was one massive factor which really tempted me to come to Everton.

“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 told evertontv.