I'm not sure who has listened to this, but in last week's Times podcast with Gabriele Marcotti and Guillem Balague, they were talking about our win over Sunderland.
After a brief summary of the match, Guillem Balague states that Yakubu was not one of DM's signings. Has anyone else heard this, and if so, could you enlighten us with the details? Both of the above named journalists are well connected and seem to know what's going on throughout the footballing world.
Matt Geraghty, Posted 30/11/2007 at 12:18:47
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Howvever, the Yakubu stories began early in August, and a long drawn-out transfer saga resulted well before he was finally signed, a few days before the deadline. Did that reflect Moyes having numerous second thoughts/serious reluctance about a player whose energy levels were clearly well below anything Moyes would accept?
I think the timing of Everton's late summer windfall in terms of the second massive £25M loan secured from Barclays was the main factor delaying these moves, and I also seriously doubt that David Moyes would spend £11¼M on a player he didn't really want.
1 Posted 30/11/2007 at 14:07:46
2 Posted 30/11/2007 at 14:08:49
3 Posted 30/11/2007 at 14:18:18
4 Posted 30/11/2007 at 15:41:07
This guy doesnt want to formally invest, but wanted to provide a record signing as a "gift" - there is no 3rd party ownership here, Everton do own the players contract and its all legally above board.
The rich evertonian has visited the training grounds in the summer and was known to staff at the club at the time - although this little detail hasn’t been broadcast.
Irrespective of the source of funds, its great for the club and the fans, so I dont personally think it matters, although I wouldnt know what would happen to the funds if he was sold at a profit .If I could afford to i would buy a player for the blues - wouldnt we all ?
No doubt all will become clear when we look at the company accounts for this year in the future, when this will have to be disclosed.
This could be the whisper these guys have heard from within the football grapevine.
5 Posted 30/11/2007 at 16:05:53
Yakubu was a David Moyes signing. David obviously recognized that he can score goals which is what we craved after Beattie’s departure.
To suggest otherwise is ridiculous, and don’t forget, Balague is one of these fellas who bows down to Marca, who are notorious for making up tripe.
Furthermore, why would a move for Nugent fall through? Surely if he was wanted he would be an Everton player?
6 Posted 30/11/2007 at 16:35:49
7 Posted 30/11/2007 at 16:49:29
8 Posted 30/11/2007 at 17:06:20
9 Posted 30/11/2007 at 17:32:54
10 Posted 30/11/2007 at 18:06:03
Why on Earth would a club chairman, who has ploughed some of his own personal funds into the running of the club, decide to fork out 11.25 million (take a moment to think how much money this really is, no! this isn’t football manager, it is real life!) on signing a player to appease the fans?
Moyes bought him to do one thing, score goals, which he has been doing. Why does everything that goes on at Everton have to be part of a huge conspiracy theory?
11 Posted 30/11/2007 at 18:20:56
My maths is pretty good Dominic. Lets stick to real life, and not try to suggest that anyone who doesn?t reflect your own opinion, must be in a fantasy world. Really, it simply weakens your own point.
12 Posted 30/11/2007 at 19:00:03
I was simply emphasising and attempting to highlight the amount of conspiracy surrounding the signing of a player, who has been bought to do a job and is doing what he has been bought for.
Why can’t people concentrate on this rather than suggesting a club who is in such a bad position financially can afford to throw over ten million on a player simply to appease the desires of the fanbase?
Is it so hard for people to believe that Moyes identified Yakubu as a player who can score goals and be turned into a good player for our team rather than saying ’oh he was only bought by Kenwright so he wouldn’t get flack off the fans.’
Its just my opinion, but to me that is such a poor and negative way of going about trying to explain why he was signed.