Last updated : 20 June 2004 By Editor

David Moyes "I don’t see anyone from Wayne’s side, or anyone from Everton’s side, saying anything about him being transferred and yet there is endless speculation. Everton have been going through hard times and my aim is to improve them with Wayne Rooney’s help."

Sides eh?

Trevor Birch (new chief exec) insisted: "It’s all conjecture. The definitive position is that he is not for sale. You don’t sell your best players. Ask any chief executive or manager and they will tell you the same thing. If someone is saying they will pay £100m, then of course you are going to think about it, but we’re not in that position. It is complete speculation."

Bill Kenwright (new chairman) with mixed messages: "David Moyes and I agreed Wayne has to be a £50million player now.

"We do smile about what Wayne is worth but, then again, we also talk about who's going to be alongside him with us next season.

"I would turn down any bid for him and say: 'Thank you very much, what else do you want to talk about?'

"We know what Wayne's value is and our price is that he is an Everton player and we have no reason to believe that will change. I am not here to sell my best players and Wayne wants to stay. Wayne will continue at Everton."