On this day in 2004: Bent secures Goodison Park move

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Monday 23 June 2014

On this day in 2004: Bent secures Goodison Park move

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Ipswich striker Marcus Bent joining Everton

  • Marcus Bent helped Everton finish fourth in his first full League season at the club

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

23 June 2004 - Everton sign striker Marcus Bent from Ipswich

Everton tied up a deal to sign Ipswich Town striker Marcus Bent for £450,000 on a three-year deal.

The Toffees became the 26-year-old's eighth different club and fifth in the Barclays Premier League.

"I was very impressed with what (Everton manager) David Moyes had to say," said Bent.

"He told me why he wanted me here and what he wanted me to do for the club and for myself and he was very positive. It made me want to come here."

Moyes said: "Marcus will give an added dimension to the squad because he can play up front and wide right."

"He's a good age and he's at a price that, at this present time, we could afford."

Bent immediately became first choice centre-forward at Goodison Park in a 4-5-1 formation that took Everton up to second in the Barclays Premier League table in the first half of the season.

The formation changed in January when James Beattie was bought from Southampton to play alongside Bent, who was involved in all but one of their league matches that season – scoring six goals.

He helped the Toffees finish fourth in the Barclays Premier League and played in both legs of their subsequent UEFA Champions League qualifying round defeat to Villarreal in the following campaign.

Bent was used more as a substitute in the first half of the following season and in the January transfer window, after 55 Barclays Premier League appearances for the Toffees, he joined Charlton Athletic for a fee of £2.3m.

The striker, who won two England Under-21 caps in 1998, went on to play for seven more clubs during his career, including Charlton Athletic, Wigan Athletic, Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the top flight.

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