What The Papers Say - 17 June
Round-up of Friday's paper talk.
The views on this page are taken from the local and national media and do not necessarily reflect the views of Everton.
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."
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.
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."