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What The Papers Say - 17 June

Round-up of Friday's paper talk.

What The Papers Say - 17 June

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The Mirror



Everton, Swansea and Norwich are fighting it out for Peterborough's £3million-rated Craig Mackail-Smith.

The striker, who scored 25 goals last season, is in the final year of his contract at Posh.

Director of football Barry Fry said: "We've given Craig permission to talk to three of the clubs who want him."

Daily Post



WEST HAM UNITED manager Sam Allardyce could be ready to offer misfit Yakubu an escape route from Everton.

Allardyce took over at Upton Park last month following the Hammers' relegation from the Premier League, and is desperate to rebuild a squad that is set to disintegrate this summer.

Yakubu, the Toffees' former club record signing, is desperate to leave Goodison Park this summer, having fallen out of favour with David Moyes, and spent the second half of last season on loan at Championship side Leicester City.

He scored 11 goals in 20 appearances at the Walkers Stadium, and had hinted that he would be prepared to join the Foxes on a permanent basis, despite their failure to secure promotion to the top-flight under Sven-Goran Eriksson.

But with the Nigerian earning an estimated £50,000 per week at Everton, and reluctant to accept a drop in wages, a move to the east Midlands appears increasingly unlikely, and Moyes has since been struggling to offload the 28-year-old, who cost £11.25m upon his arrival on Merseyside in 2007.

Turkish sides Fenerbahce and Bursaspor have both expressed an initial interest in the former Middlesbrough man, and would be able to match Yakubu's salary.

Allardyce, together with owners David Gold and David Sullivan, is seeking to build a squad to lead West Ham straight back to the Premier League, and seemingly has the backing with which to do so.

Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan has already been secured on a five-year contract, with Stoke midfielder Abdoulaye Faye following him to east London.

Former Hammers boss Avram Grant was interested in signing Yakubu last summer, but was unwilling to meet Moyes' £6m asking price.

That price has now dropped by around half, as Moyes looks to raise money to fund his own transfer spree this summer.

Moyes wants Wigan star Charles N'Zogbia, but needs to offload at least two more players - preferably Yakubu and fellow Nigerian Joseph Yobo, who spent last season at Fenerbahce - before he can consider meeting the Latics' £11m asking price.

The Scot also knows that he desperately needs to add a striker to his ranks, but has so far been frustrated in attempts to land Bayern Munich's Miroslav Klose, who signed for Lazio, and West Ham's Demba Ba, who looks set to join Newcastle.

Liverpool Echo



EVERTON FA Cup hero Daniel Amokachi believes a fully-fit Yakubu could yet resurrect his Blues career - especially if David Moyes is priced out of the market for a new striker.

Amokachi worked with Yakubu during his stint as Nigeria's assistant manager, and insists the 28-year-old forward can still score goals at the highest level.

The Yak is on the brink of a £3m Goodison departure, with relegated West Ham the latest side to show an interest, but Amokachi thinks Moyes could regret allowing him to leave.

He said: "Yakubu is a double digit striker and he has always scored goals in the English Premier League. Since he got that serious Achilles injury it has been harder for him and he needs a lot of support.

"But he went to Leicester and scored plenty. The Championship is a very difficult league to play in but he did it, and I think he could score goals at any level. Everton have struggled to get a striker who can score goals so it would be sad to let him go.

"Maybe Moyes can still convince him to stay, although it could be difficult for Yak to go back.

"If he can get a decent pre-season completed he could still score a lot of goals for David Moyes.

"Whatever club he goes to he will score after a good pre season. He has missed so much football lately that it's been hard for him to get his top fitness back.You never know in football, players can be a certainty for leaving one day, and then stay the next."

Amokachi is back on Merseyside this weekend to play for Everton in the Mersey Masters tournament, at the ECHO Arena on Saturday.

And the 38-year-old, who joined Mike Walker's Everton in a £3m deal after the 1994 World Cup, says another of his countrymen, Joseph Yobo, should net the Blues a big transfer fee.

The Toffees are currently haggling with Turkish champions Fenerbahce over their reported £6m price-tag for the experienced 30-year-old, and Amokachi fears Yobo is being under-priced.

"I am amazed when I read stories about his value being £4m or £6m," he said. "That is too cheap for me - the guy is Nigeria's captain, and a good centre half. Everton should be asking for £8m.

"Maybe clubs are playing games because they know David Moyes needs the money quickly.

"He has done very well in Istanbul and when the fans love you over there, they really love you.

"Sometimes players fade out of their manager's thoughts and that had happened at Everton for Joseph. That's a shame because he wants to play, not sit on the bench."

Tony WoodersonJust been on a rumour site, how about this... Rodders OUT to Chelsea. Sturridge IN PLUS £5M-£10M. Shane Long IN for £5M. Yak and Yobo OUT for £9M meaning Nzogbia will be bought. Bothroyd in on a free. I'll be well pleased with those. Ideally, Rodders would be retained but I can see one of the most saleable assets being sacrificed in order to make some progress. Apparently DM has been on holiday hence the lack of activity. COYB!

Friday 17th June 21:16 Report Comment

Will EverettI agree with the idea of keeping yak. we need someone who can finish. employ a 442, pair him with becks, consider selling one of the center mids for a reliable wing.

Friday 17th June 18:33 Report Comment

Paul Ellami have always liked yakubu and think he will always get goals. however, i think its no use him staying if he wants to go (as he has said) and it is wise to cash in (even for a smaller amount then we wanted originally) to get his high wages off our books. its okay paying £50k if hes playing a big part in the squad but no good when hes not even getting picked. reluctantly i would sell for the good of the club

Friday 17th June 18:19 Report Comment

damien darcywould much rather the yak than a very cheap 3mil his loan spell could have been just what he needed

Friday 17th June 17:21 Report Comment

Audi HarizYak alone upfront is worthless....give him a partner like Beckford.. and he'll score double digits easily... I say keep him..he's a quality striker. And put Billy behind the strikers, cause thats where hes most dangerous or sell him already.

Friday 17th June 14:27 Report Comment

Daniel NationYak has never been himself since that bad injury and in my opinion we need to sell now. Think with yak aswell rather than seeling him for cash at a low valuation, he'd be a much more lucrative option for clubs if we offerd him + money for a player. Yak + 4 mill for Nzongbia, i belive for a club like Wigan, they'd take.

Friday 17th June 13:52 Report Comment

Grant Jansenif there's one club who can lift the Yak its THE TOFFEEES....FEED HIM TOFFS AND LOTS OF THEM!!!!

Friday 17th June 12:55 Report Comment

tim mckuhenBring The Yak Back Upront With Jermaine So We've Got Pace With Becks And Strength With The Yak What A Combonation!

Friday 17th June 12:53 Report Comment

Grant JansenAlso feeel that the YAK should stay at least we know what we get with him and he would only want to prove his critics wrong, wont be surprised if he scores 15 plus goals if he stays - with Saha's fitness under serious question I would let them rotate the role and be kept fresh throughout the season with Becks in turn feeding off their physical presence - I risk worth taking DM

Friday 17th June 12:51 Report Comment

Dan NallyGary I think Blackpool have a strict wage cap to something like £20k-a-week at most, so the chances of offloading them two to Blackpool are highly unlikely, unfortunately

Friday 17th June 12:50 Report Comment

richard beckBring back the Yak, work on his speed and agility, then tell the rest of the squad to 'feed the yak'.

Friday 17th June 12:47 Report Comment

Matthew FerrisMackail-Smith is a decent striker - i'm from Peterborough and have seen him play a fair few times. My concern is that he's very much like AJ used to be. He'll work his socks off for us and is very quick but how many chances will he need to score......we'll see

Friday 17th June 12:38 Report Comment

adam hawkesbring back the Yak & feed him plenty....

Friday 17th June 12:06 Report Comment

Ben SatterleyI hope there isn't much truth in the first article. Demba Ba looks certain to join Newcastle soon on a free agent and so it looks like we missed out on a top player yet again. I'm hoping we can bring in a top striker who will score 20+ goals for us. COYB

Friday 17th June 11:06 Report Comment

andrew millsfirst game of the season spurs i remember when this team was our boggie side not anymore aye guys now this is where i see us getting of to a flying start everton 3-0 craig mackail-smith hatrick you mark my words

Friday 17th June 10:44 Report Comment

gary mcintoshif west ham dont buy yakubu how about offering blackpool yakubu and yobo for adams. would get to 2 players off are wages.

Friday 17th June 10:07 Report Comment

Paul BlayneyI'm tempted to agree with Amo! Why lose money and take a knocked down price of £3m for Yak to then go and spend that money on a lower league striker. Yak also scored goals in the lower league last year but has already proved he can score them in the premier league, unlike some of the so called targets we're being linked with. Don't get me wrong, I know Moyesy has an eye for talent and I trust whatever he chooses to do but is Yak really only worth £3m?

Friday 17th June 09:58 Report Comment


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