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Everton today completed the signing of Yakubu for a Club record fee after successfully appealing for a work permit for the Nigerian striker.

 

The 24-year-old centre-forward has penned a five year deal for the Blues a week after Everton agreed an £11.25m deal with Middlesbrough.

 

The completion of the deal was delayed because an initial application for a work permit was rejected as Yakubu has not figured in the required 75 per cent of Nigeria's internationals in the last two years.

 

However, Yakubu was allocated a work permit following an appeal hearing in Sheffield today, with Everton successfully arguing that the player's credentials to ply his trade in the Barclays Premier League have been made clear in the last four years.

 

Having completed his move to Goodison, Yakubu becomes the Club's record-signing, surpassing the £8.6m paid to Crystal Palace for Andrew Johnson last year.

 

Yakubu, Everton's fourth major signing of the summer, is delighted to become an Everton player. He told evertonTV exclusively: "I am happy to be here. It is a great feeling to come over and meet a lot of good players and see the spirit that they have.

 

"I have always said that I want to play for a club that plays in Europe and I think they have the ambition to move forward and they want to finish in the first four and the Champions League and Uefa Cup and for me that is my dream.

 

"I know there is a long way to go and I want to be part of that - to be successful and to have that dream.

 

"I chose to go to Middlesbrough because they were in Europe. At the moment they are not doing it. I think I made the right decision to come to this place. It is a massive club and it is a great feeling. There are great players and you want to play for a big club."

 

Yakubu boasts an impressive goalscoring record, with only Thierry Henry having netted more Premier League goals in the last four years.

 

He began his career in England with Portsmouth in January, 2003. He netted 36 times in 81 Premier League appearances for Pompey before switching to The Riverside in a £7.5m deal in the summer of 2005.

 

He continued his fine scoring record there, grabbing 35 goals in 103 outings for the Teesiders in all competitions.

 

Having completed his transfer to Goodison, Yakubu could make his début for the Blues in Saturday's Premier League fixture with Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium.

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I'm glad we sorted that out. Yakubu should be a great signing.

BUT

He said ""I chose to go to Middlesbrough because they were in Europe. At the moment they are not doing it"

 

Does that mean if we fail to qualify for Europe come May then he'll want out???

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I'm glad we sorted that out. Yakubu should be a great signing.

BUT

He said ""I chose to go to Middlesbrough because they were in Europe. At the moment they are not doing it"

 

Does that mean if we fail to qualify for Europe come May then he'll want out???

 

Yep IMO

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It's a fair point but we will have no trouble getting our money back so is there anything to worry about?

 

He'll get goals & if he goes we will most likely make a profit, win win realy we are starting to move towards the top and that means starting to deal with a different calibre of player. You dont win things with hard working solid profesionals you win things with temperamental talant!!

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already said it but fuck me I cannot wait to see the yak and AJ up front for us!!!!!! :D :D :D

 

+ does he still play for Nigeria cos we used the he dropped out of playing for Nigeria card at his appeal!?!???

 

Yes, he does. The Super Eagles aren't coached by the man he fell out with any more; Berti Vogts is running the team now, and Yakubu has played in four of their six matches this year. He even captained the team in their May game against Kenya.

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I am glad we have him in the team -

 

He is a bit lazy and doesn't chase balls all over the place, but not really what his game is all about. AJ does the running around for us upfront. I think they could make a very good partnership. he is now slouch and can shift when he needs to, is strong and can score. Could be a very good partnership.

 

I also think Victor will learn a great deal from him as I see them as very similar players.

 

I would hope a player who will be in double figures goalwise come the end of the season.

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i belive that if we are in europe he will try very hard and score like he did for middlesborough but as soon as they werent in europe he just seemed to give up.

 

I cant wait to see him.

 

and to think only yesturday i got the new top with arteta on the back if i would have known we would have got yak i would have got him lol

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i belive that if we are in europe he will try very hard and score like he did for middlesborough but as soon as they werent in europe he just seemed to give up.

 

I cant wait to see him.

 

and to think only yesturday i got the new top with arteta on the back if i would have known we would have got yak i would have got him lol

 

It's not like todays signing of Yak has come out of the blue - ;)

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finally means i can get him on the back of my shirt!!!

 

well happy. i'm jus thinking 'GOALS GOALS GOALS!!!'

 

why don't we do press conferences anymore?

 

i've jus seen Zat Knights at villa. come on were bigger than them!

 

like i've said before, he's young maybe the hard working ethic is something moyes can add to his game! arteta never use to track back and that and now he does he's a more complete player!!! (plus in my eyes world class and would in any other prem team!)

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Well pointed out Romey. I have said in a previous thread that one of the most positive aspects of our current team is the willingness and ability to play the ball on the deck. If we are to progress in Europe, we need to dismantle continental defenses with clinical passing and movement. The up and under is a sign of desparacy and a lack of imagination. I don't think we will see a repeat of the Unsy lob and hope, as it does not become our current team.

 

I hope the Yak is sincere as he has just joined a club with more pride than you can shake a stick at. I think he will become an instant legend now that he is here, it's just up to him now to gel with the rest and perform. We will now get to see the best from AJ also. Will be interesting to see who comes into midfield now, SSP have said Appiah is a target. Strong player, lets hope this is serious.

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It's not like todays signing of Yak has come out of the blue - ;)

 

yea i no but knowing my luck i would have gotten him on the back and then the appeal would have been denied lol

 

i wil get him on the back of my third top :)

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already said it but fuck me I cannot wait to see the yak and AJ up front for us!!!!!! :D :D :D

 

+ does he still play for Nigeria cos we used the he dropped out of playing for Nigeria card at his appeal!?!???

 

it seems to be a bit of an urban myth this.. he had a fall out of with the international manager a while ago.. but he was sacked or he left. Yakubu has played in all 5 of the latest 5 Nigerian games.

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If we are to progress in Europe, we need to dismantle continental defenses with clinical passing and movement. The up and under is a sign of desparacy and a lack of imagination. I don't think we will see a repeat of the Unsy lob and hope, as it does not become our current team.

 

Don't forget Milan did an excellent job in talking Liverpool out of playing Crouch in the

Champons league final........They didn't want Crouch to play,so they took the piss out

of Liverpools long ball game......Rafa left him on the bench,and even against a poor

Milan side they didn't look threatening untill Crouch came on!

 

The long ball against some of these european teams will work.....trying to pick through

their better midfield wont always work!It's an option!......don't be frightend to use it.

Liverpool the other night threw plenty Up towards Crouch.....and it works.

 

Yakubu!.......likes to play for teams in Europe!!......WELL,Score loads of goals,as that

seems to be the reason for buying you........Then we will keep finishing top 6..........

...It what's called a win win situation.....IT'S UP TO YOU .

 

Trying to picture an Arteta corner.....Yakubu,Cahill,Lescott and Yobo,surely a good route

for a goal or ten!

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He does say on the official site,

 

"I know there is a long way to go and I want to be part of that - to be successful and to have that dream."

 

That to means that he will stick with us for a while.

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of course he expects to be in Europe, he's the second highest scoring premiership player in the last 4 years, he wants to be successful, just like every player who joins Man U, Chelsea, Arsenal and the Red Shites. they want trophies, top class players to join them and european football.

 

if i was an 11 million pound football i wouldn't expect anything less than competitng at the top in all competitions.

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YAY WOOO HURRAHHH

 

Another record signing, we seem to be doing this every year. Jeez man what are we going to moan about

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Yakubu's goalscoring record:

Season Team Goals

2003/04 Portsmouth 19

2004/05 Portsmouth 17

2005/06 Middlesbrough 19

2006/07 Middlesbrough 16

 

 

i am looking forward to see the big yak in action on saturday

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I will be disappointed if he DOES play, He skipped training with BORO and not sure he's trained for two weeks.

 

Johnson and Victor should start, maybe Yak on the bench, you know what DMs like, nobody just walks into the side.

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I will be disappointed if he DOES play, He skipped training with BORO and not sure he's trained for two weeks.

 

Johnson and Victor should start, maybe Yak on the bench, you know what DMs like, nobody just walks into the side.

 

 

That's exactly what you want Vic to do though - walk into the side. His performances this season have been utter shite, he's been injured and Faddy scored to steal us a point last week. Yak should be on the bench with aj and faddy upfront and Vic stay at home and train harder because he's knackered after 10minutes.

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This is where we have to have patience and belief in DM, previously the team picked itself but now with the extra squad numbers comes the extra pressures.

Everybody has different views on selection, such as ... Mc fadden should play, Piennaar should play, Jags should play, Yak should play, drop neville, drop hibbert, Annichebe is crap, and one of our top performers last season Carsley is not even getting a mention, not even on the subs bench.

I have my own theory on who should and who shouldnt play but we will have to believe DM will get it right.

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This is where we have to have patience and belief in DM, previously the team picked itself but now with the extra squad numbers comes the extra pressures.

Everybody has different views on selection, such as ... Mc fadden should play, Piennaar should play, Jags should play, Yak should play, drop neville, drop hibbert, Annichebe is crap, and one of our top performers last season Carsley is not even getting a mention, not even on the subs bench.

I have my own theory on who should and who shouldnt play but we will have to believe DM will get it right.

We already know, Neville, Stubbs Carsley Osman & Mcfadden will play against Bolton when they shouldnt. We have better in Lescott Jagielka Pienaar & Yakubu bu because moyes likes to play a scrappy long ball game theres wont play because he wants the battlers in. So no he wont get it right IMO :(

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You can't deny that so far Vic has been crap, he doesn't deserve to play. I don't mind if he doesn't run around like AJ but not jumping for headers is a joke. I've only ever seen him play well once, and for that game I thought I was wrong about him but since then he's gone back to looking like he doesn't want to be on the pitch. Once Vaughan is back and fit he should be loaned out to teach him that he can't just huff and puff and watch the game go on around him.

 

You said Carsley was one of our best performers last season. Like you said last season, we're now onto a new season and he's been average at best. Maybe dropping him for Jags will give him the kick up the arse he needs, but to me his reading of the play (which is something a DM needs to do well) has slowed right down, and is pretty non-existent now. Jagielka deserves to play ahead of him this weekend, and once (or if) Jagielka loses form I'll have no problem with Carsley coming back in.

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You can't deny that so far Vic has been crap, he doesn't deserve to play. I don't mind if he doesn't run around like AJ but not jumping for headers is a joke. I've only ever seen him play well once, and for that game I thought I was wrong about him but since then he's gone back to looking like he doesn't want to be on the pitch. Once Vaughan is back and fit he should be loaned out to teach him that he can't just huff and puff and watch the game go on around him.

 

You said Carsley was one of our best performers last season. Like you said last season, we're now onto a new season and he's been average at best. Maybe dropping him for Jags will give him the kick up the arse he needs, but to me his reading of the play (which is something a DM needs to do well) has slowed right down, and is pretty non-existent now. Jagielka deserves to play ahead of him this weekend, and once (or if) Jagielka loses form I'll have no problem with Carsley coming back in.

That's exactly what you want Vic to do though - walk into the side. His performances this season have been utter shite, he's been injured and Faddy scored to steal us a point last week. Yak should be on the bench with aj and faddy upfront and Vic stay at home and train harder because he's knackered after 10minutes.

You said Anichebe is shite but I bet you were screaming for moyes to bring him on against Blackburn, if he wasn't on the bench and didn't come on maybe we would have lost.

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You said Anichebe is shite but I bet you were screaming for moyes to bring him on against Blackburn, if he wasn't on the bench and didn't come on maybe we would have lost.

 

I wasn't actually. What exactly did he do to help us score? Other than be like Heskey and fall over because someone touched him.

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What have i just said in my previous post, we all have different views on who should or should not play, its always going to be that way but we dont pick the team.

It might not be the team i would like, it might not be the team you would like, I'm just saying we need to believe that DM will get it right.

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I wasn't actually. What exactly did he do to help us score? Other than be like Heskey and fall over because someone touched him.

he was there to put pressure on the oppositions defence in case u didnt notise Samba was over the moon when we hit it up because he only had to win Johnson in the air, when Victor came on Samba was all over the place because we had someone who could nock him around a bit. You must have been one of the only people who didnt want Victor to come on because in the first half Mcfadden was shite.

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he was there to put pressure on the oppositions defence in case u didnt notise Samba was over the moon when we hit it up because he only had to win Johnson in the air, when Victor came on Samba was all over the place because we had someone who could nock him around a bit. You must have been one of the only people who didnt want Victor to come on because in the first half Mcfadden was shite.

 

 

If I don't rate a player very highly I'm hardly going to want him to come on am I? He didn't do much when he came on, yes it was harder for Samba but he still didn't jump for headers. All he does is back in and to succeed in this league you need more about you than shoving your arse into someone. Don't get me wrong though, I'd love for him to succeed and show me he can do more because you need all the strikers you can get at the top level. I think a loan move would be beneficial to him.

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You can't deny that so far Vic has been crap, he doesn't deserve to play. I don't mind if he doesn't run around like AJ but not jumping for headers is a joke. I've only ever seen him play well once, and for that game I thought I was wrong about him but since then he's gone back to looking like he doesn't want to be on the pitch. Once Vaughan is back and fit he should be loaned out to teach him that he can't just huff and puff and watch the game go on around him.

 

Have to say I agree with just about all thats been said on this thread but on the subject of not jumping for headers, now I know AJ is small (and I love him for his running and effort) but he is the worst Ive seen when it comes to jumping for headers. He reminds me of some kids at primary school when the goalie kicked the ball out high and they would make a pretend effort to jump for the ball knowing very well that they misjudged it to avoid getting a headache.

 

Vic is a bit ordinary but will be useful coming off the bench, at least until Vaughan comes back.

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he orginially wanted 20 because that has been his number since portsmouth and because pienaar has that he chose number 22 as it is the date of his birth.

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He wanted 20 which he wore at PORTSMOUTH and at BORO but Pienaar has that number.

 

As regards the picture ....... yeah i think its a fake, or DM is standing on a box. Yakubu is over 6ft tall so that pic makes DM look nearly as big as Crouch. :D

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lol 2 problems with the picture of Yak and Moyes...

 

 

 

1. Yakubu looks like he could hurt you just by looking at you.

2. The lighting looks all wrong as if Everton have super imposed the image....or is it just my dodgy eyesight?

 

 

At the christmas party this year owing to the trouble caused last year by gatecrashes...

......Yakubu and Lescott will be meeting guests at the door.......don't even walk past that

door if you haven't got a ticket!

 

Also did you notice on the pictuer of Moyes and Yakubu.....Yakubu's right hand is behind

the Everton shirt with Moyes'e testicles in them......confirming he WILL be playing at Bolton.

Just check Moyes's face.

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If I don't rate a player very highly I'm hardly going to want him to come on am I? He didn't do much when he came on, yes it was harder for Samba but he still didn't jump for headers. All he does is back in and to succeed in this league you need more about you than shoving your arse into someone. Don't get me wrong though, I'd love for him to succeed and show me he can do more because you need all the strikers you can get at the top level. I think a loan move would be beneficial to him.

Maybe It would but we need all the strikers we can get at the min.

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