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by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

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Everton have dismissed tabloid rumours linking them with a move for Peter Crouch.

One morning newspaper said that the Blues were keen to recruit the England striker, with Steven Pienaar moving to Tottenham as part of the deal.

But Everton's assistant manager Steve Round told the media at the press conference ahead of the Carling Cup clash with Huddersfield that there was no truth in the rumours: "No, none at all," he declared.

"There has been no contact. Steven Pienaar is a very, very important player for us. We value him very highly. He was our player of the year last year and he was terrific.

"The manager has said all along that we want him to stay. He has signed with us, he is under contract and as far as we are concerned he will be an Everton player this season."

Round also revealed that the same can be said of Nigerian duo Yakubu and Joseph Yobo, explaining that their World Cup exploits were the reason they haven't featured at all in the first two Premier League games.

"They came back from the World Cup a little bit later and have taken a bit of time to get fitter again," he said.

"Joe is in the squad tomorrow and Yak would have been but he picked up a whack in training and is out. They are both in contention and will hopefully play a big part in us having a good season."

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