Friday 14 February 2014
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Everton signed on-loan Manchester United goalkeeper Tim Howard on a five-year permanent deal.
The 27-year-old American international had been on loan at Goodison Park since the start of the season after falling down the pecking order at Old Trafford.
He had joined United from New York/New Jersey Metrostars in July 2003 for a fee of £2.3m.
Everton manager David Moyes could not hide his happiness at securing Howard’s services for the long-term.
"He has come in this season and proved he is a good keeper and we are pleased to have secured him," Moyes said.
Howard added: "I was drawn to the club for a number of reasons and the players in the dressing-room are one of them."
Having been first choice during his loan spell, Howard's first match as a full-time Everton player was a 2-1 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur a week after his signing. He kept his place and has been first choice ever since, signing a new four-year contract in March 2012.
During the 2007-08 season he kept 13 clean sheets in the Barclays Premier League and 19 in all competitions.
He was ever-present in the Barclays Premier League from September 2007 to March 2013 before his run of 210 consecutive top-flight matches was ended by a finger injury just two matches short of equalling Neville Southall’s club record.
During this run he became the fourth goalkeeper to score in a Barclays Premier League match when his clearance flew in during a 2-1 defeat at home to Bolton Wanderers.
Howard has played over 300 matches for the Toffees in all competitions. He also appeared in all four of the USA's matches in the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa, including the opening 1-1 draw with England.