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Thursday 29 August 2013

On this day in 2007: Yakubu signs for Everton

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the Nigeria international joining the Toffees

  • Yakubu scored a hat-trick at home against Fulham in a successful first season at Everton rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day 29 August 2007 - Yakubu joins Moyes on Merseyside

Everton manager David Moyes brought the Nigeria international to Goodison Park in a club-record £11.25 million deal after the striker had proven his Barclays Premier League capabilities at Portsmouth and Middlesbrough.

Yakubu was Everton's record signing and the sixth summer arrival on Merseyside after the acquisitions of Lukas Jutkiewicz, Phil Jagielka, Steven Pienaar, Leighton Baines and Stefan Wessels.

On signing a five-year deal for the Toffees, the 24-year-old striker said: "It is a massive club and it is a great feeling. There are great players and you want to play for a big club.

"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. They want to finish in the first four and the Champions League and Uefa Cup and, for me, that is my dream."

The striker scored 11 minutes into his debut - three days after signing - in a 2-1 away win against Bolton Wanderers and ended the campaign with 15 Barclays Premier League goals, a tally which helped Everton to fifth in the table and UEFA Cup qualification.

Yakubu, who also later played for Blackburn Rovers, made a total of 252 Barclays Premier League appearances and scored 94 goals.

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Yakubu joined the Toffees for a club-record fee