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Everton today completed the signing of Yakubu for a Club record fee after successfully appealing for a work permit for the Nigerian striker.

The 24-year-old centre-forward has penned a five year deal for the Blues a week after Everton agreed an £11.25m deal with Middlesbrough.

The completion of the deal was delayed because an initial application for a work permit was rejected as Yakubu has not figured in the required 75 per cent of Nigeria's internationals in the last two years.

However, Yakubu was allocated a work permit following an appeal hearing in Sheffield today, with Everton successfully arguing that the player's credentials to ply his trade in the Barclays Premier League have been made clear in the last four years.

Having completed his move to Goodison, Yakubu becomes the Club's record-signing, surpassing the £8.6m paid to Crystal Palace for Andrew Johnson last year.

Yakubu, Everton's fourth major signing of the summer, is delighted to become an Everton player. He told evertonTV exclusively: "I am happy to be here. It is a great feeling to come over and meet a lot of good players and see the spirit that they have.

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

"I know there is a long way to go and I want to be part of that - to be successful and to have that dream.

"I chose to go to Middlesbrough because they were in Europe. At the moment they are not doing it. I think I made the right decision to come to this place. It is a massive club and it is a great feeling. There are great players and you want to play for a big club."

Yakubu boasts an impressive goalscoring record, with only Thierry Henry having netted more Premier League goals in the last four years.

He began his career in England with Portsmouth in January, 2003. He netted 36 times in 81 Premier League appearances for Pompey before switching to The Riverside in a £7.5m deal in the summer of 2005.

He continued his fine scoring record there, grabbing 35 goals in 103 outings for the Teesiders in all competitions.

Having completed his transfer to Goodison, Yakubu could make his debut for the Blues in Saturday's Premier League fixture with Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium.

To see an extensive interview with the latest addition to the Everton ranks, visit evertonTV now.

Matt Cookall the best Yak!!! You will do it no prob!

Thursday 30th August 22:00 Report Comment

George evertongreat signin

Thursday 30th August 15:18 Report Comment

Debbie Hughesabsalutly devistatd dat fernandes went 2 valencia but uw needs im now dat weve got yak. wellin lad bang da goals in.

Thursday 30th August 10:17 Report Comment

Rhys KirkVery very good signing, will work well with AJ. Now go get a creative midfielder!!!

Thursday 30th August 09:04 Report Comment

David Hamiltonwell done moysey... come on the blues....yak do the business mate

Thursday 30th August 08:30 Report Comment

joe bellamyWell done DM another quality signing he will slot nicely into place in the squad,Bolton wont know what hit them on saturday!Welcome to the family Yak.

Thursday 30th August 05:44 Report Comment

Rishi KumarOH YES!!!!...A hard fought DM finaly gets what he wants...after biffa's move, THE YAK will be the perfect partnership 4 AJ in da prem....I bliv with these goal scoring machines, dream of Europe will be kept ALIVE!!!!....COYB!!!!!

Thursday 30th August 04:30 Report Comment

jon wyes a very good signing do you think yak would sign unless we was in europe and what about the other lads up front surely its defenders we need

Wednesday 29th August 23:14 Report Comment

Nikolaos Xatzakisi beleive he will score at least 20 goals gret move for everton we can go on the top 4 and have a nd take the uefa cup

Wednesday 29th August 22:45 Report Comment

liam duffyfinnaly the yak is at the blues this should be a good year for everton to proven goal scorers upfrount banging them in COME ON YOU BLUES...................

Wednesday 29th August 22:44 Report Comment

Allan Weirgood signing dave he won,t be lazy under moysey now sign decent midfielder

Wednesday 29th August 21:22 Report Comment

Sheila WhiteWell done David and the Board. Yakabu is a great addiiton for the Blues. Welcome to Everton the team going places.

Wednesday 29th August 21:15 Report Comment

nice one yak you made the right choice, our clubs pushing to go placees welcome to the family

Wednesday 29th August 21:14 Report Comment

Frank CarrollWelcome to the Peoples Club Mr have joined a great hard give 100% for the shirt and badge and with AJ you will be a have a great number on your back and a fantastic line of number 9's to follow....good luck

Wednesday 29th August 21:06 Report Comment

sinclair woodClass player, got some real competition for places up front now, exactly what we need in our push for silverware this season, keep it up Moysie, you're the business.

Wednesday 29th August 20:27 Report Comment

Gary Proctorcomon yak and Aj lets conquer europe.

Wednesday 29th August 20:13 Report Comment

Sigurgeir Ari SigurgeirssonYahoo, Yakubu! Welcome to Everton Yakubu!

Wednesday 29th August 20:13 Report Comment

joe stanleyyou are the best yakubu! better than torres!

Wednesday 29th August 20:09 Report Comment

Lindsey McGrathJust got the news. Brilliant was really worried after the fernandes saga. This is the turning point for us. What a future!

Wednesday 29th August 19:57 Report Comment

DANIEL GIBSONGreat signing, well done to the board, bit dissapointed about fernandes, but one out of two aint bad!

Wednesday 29th August 19:45 Report Comment

Gareth Mahononly henry has more prem goals in the last 4 years very impressive,gone are the days when the best players walk away from goodison,now were keeping them {mikel,timmy}and sighning them each{aj,yak}well done everton,esp.david moyes.come on you blues

Wednesday 29th August 19:39 Report Comment

Dave OlderA mouth watering partnership with AJ awaits....Welcome to you Yak and all the best!!!!

Wednesday 29th August 19:32 Report Comment

MARK LAWRENCEWell done to the manager,the board and the backroom staff.It signels our intentions for the forthcoming season . Heres to a high scoring season.

Wednesday 29th August 19:17 Report Comment

Carl Jamesfantastic

Wednesday 29th August 19:03 Report Comment

Thomas Griffithscum on the blue boys

Wednesday 29th August 19:00 Report Comment

Matthew StanleyGood Luck Yak! Made my day you will do well here mate

Wednesday 29th August 18:35 Report Comment

robert dukethe guy is 2nd behind henry the hoover in the past 4 years of prem games should be a great signing

Wednesday 29th August 18:29 Report Comment

Gerben Poelscan't wait to see him in action against bolton we need him now lets see if he is worth te 11.5 mill. but i am sure he is

Wednesday 29th August 18:27 Report Comment

what a fantastic sighning there is only tiery henry with a better goal record over the last 4 years heres hopin he forms a good partnership wit a.j

Wednesday 29th August 18:24 Report Comment

Ashley WaltonFantastic signing! Hopefully the 'new' big dunc! (Does that mean he's Big Yak!?!) Perfect partner for AJ and a great role model for Victor to learn his trade from! Well done Moyesy! ;-)

Wednesday 29th August 18:06 Report Comment

Allan LaursenThe Yak is going to be a Blast:-) Welcome

Wednesday 29th August 17:53 Report Comment

Michael Mulhallfeed the yak and he will score!

Wednesday 29th August 17:49 Report Comment

David OwensThe "Yak" will be great 4 us and hopefully hav a great parnership aj

Wednesday 29th August 17:32 Report Comment

David da Silva Gravegreat news!! a proven goal scorer heres to Yakubu + A.J. find the net on a regular basis.

Wednesday 29th August 17:30 Report Comment

fantastic signing, well done to the manager and the board for making a push for the top four. No one can accuse them for not trying.

Wednesday 29th August 17:29 Report Comment

Andy Deavesgreat news!!!! i cant wait to see the yak slot sum goals startin wid bolton on saturday al be there!! look for me yak!!! enjoy ur time here

Wednesday 29th August 17:26 Report Comment

James OswaldGreat signing, well worth waiting for. Lets hope he quickly finds a potent striking partnership with AJ. Welcome to the 'School of Science'.

Wednesday 29th August 17:06 Report Comment

Micky Bateywelcome to goodison mate,lets hope you can be even more prolific here and help fire us back into the top four good luck!!!

Wednesday 29th August 16:53 Report Comment

Michael GainfordAt long last, the signing of Yak is done. Dissapointed about Fernandes but I am just happy this deal has been brokered. Well done Everton !

Wednesday 29th August 16:51 Report Comment

Barry Fostertop striker

Wednesday 29th August 16:41 Report Comment

paul shandHmmm! wasn't quite sure about him, slightly overpriced at 11.25 million but give him the chance and i'm sure he'll deliver the goals that we desperately need. C'MON THE BLUES.

Wednesday 29th August 16:31 Report Comment


Wednesday 29th August 16:29 Report Comment

trevor johnsonwe have a good player here cant wait 4 him 2 partner with aj up top

Wednesday 29th August 16:20 Report Comment

Stephen CarleyAt last we have our man!! Now lets hope we pull out all the stops for a creative, goalscoring midfielder to replace Fernandes. Hopefully the Yakubu - AJ partnership will be more successful than the AJ - Beattie one. We need 3 points Saturday and that UEFA Cup is there to be won. Come on you blue boys.

Wednesday 29th August 16:19 Report Comment

richard beckOh yes!! Yakubu is brilliant!! he is a big strong ox who AJ will feed off perfectly. Goals galore for EFC. Super signing Moyesy!!

Wednesday 29th August 16:19 Report Comment

conor o'connellHoward kendall comented of Yakubu having the Physique of big Bob Latchford I hope he becomes another legend just like Bob is. That would be an amazing lift for the club, to have a target man that people are scared of again. Not since big Dunc' came to bless our turf have we had a big man that people where reluctant to have to face. Andy johnson is superp for us, now i think we have a great complimentary duo up front, with Victor waiting in the wings, vaughny too. the future looks bright, "BLUE SKY'S AHEAD".

Wednesday 29th August 16:12 Report Comment

sutton seanIts nice see that the club is starting to spend money to bring in some top players, I would like to stress how gutted I was over the Fernanders deal, hats off to all at Everton for your efforts he would of been a good addition to our club, I would like to end by welcoming Yakubu to Everton and hope he has a long and great future at the club. C'MONN YOU BLUE BOYS

Wednesday 29th August 16:00 Report Comment

Cathy CondronAt last! Didnt think this was going to come off for us! Thought Yaka may have had his permit rejected. Great news for the forward line! Just hope i can get tickets for Bolton now! Come on Yaka you can be another future hero!

Wednesday 29th August 15:47 Report Comment

Ross Dullahangreat signing :D Yakubu and Johnson upfront from now on !!!!!!!

Wednesday 29th August 15:45 Report Comment

Alex Meadowsget in there the yak is ere

Wednesday 29th August 15:45 Report Comment

paul o'hanlonGreat job in securing yakubu's signature he is a perfect addition to the team and hopefully he and aj will make a perfect partnership up front. Good one Moyes!

Wednesday 29th August 15:44 Report Comment

paul hardonWELCOME to Everton YAK. Yet another exerlent signing by Moyes, he will give us another dimension up front worth every penny. Europe here we come!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday 29th August 15:44 Report Comment

John GrayGreat addition to the squad, hope yak can provide the goals to help move this club forward where it belongs! Feed The Yak And He Will Score...

Wednesday 29th August 15:41 Report Comment

Henrik StensengThis is just great!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday 29th August 15:40 Report Comment

Peter RowanAnother shrewd signing by the moyese will do very well for us ,a good forward who knows where the goal also give AJ a helping hand

Wednesday 29th August 15:38 Report Comment

Daniel MillerTop news - welcome The Yak!! TD

Wednesday 29th August 15:37 Report Comment

Mark JonesYES! get in there Yakubu! Welcome to the club. Now get banging them in - PL top scorer this year thats all we ask for :-)

Wednesday 29th August 15:36 Report Comment

Aaron RowlandsPleased to see the deal finally go through!,welcome to Everton Yakubu and all the best to ya!,go and get us some goals!!!!!

Wednesday 29th August 15:33 Report Comment

Georg HaraldssonWelcome to Everton Yakubu! This is superb signing. Now we only need one middfielder and than i will be wery happi everionian I´m one happy icelander!

Wednesday 29th August 15:32 Report Comment


Wednesday 29th August 15:27 Report Comment

Francis HerbertIt's great to have a mobile and agile 'big guy' to give us more footballing options up front. The board have backed Moyes up and this will attract more quality players. Well done Everton!

Wednesday 29th August 15:26 Report Comment

Phil DaviesHooray - at last, glad to see this one done and dusted. Welcome aboard keep doing what you have done for other teams and you will soon see why we are the peoples club!!

Wednesday 29th August 15:24 Report Comment

Rebecca MartinExcellent - big welcome to the Yak.

Wednesday 29th August 15:23 Report Comment

Philip MaloneBrilliant news! Bring on the dery with aj and yaks upfront champs league football is ours!

Wednesday 29th August 15:23 Report Comment

Lou PWelcome to Goodison Benny.

Wednesday 29th August 15:23 Report Comment

David BriscoeGreat news! Welcome to Everton Yak.

Wednesday 29th August 15:22 Report Comment

Justin mellingGreat signing! Welcome to GP!

Wednesday 29th August 15:22 Report Comment

Justin BryantWell done to all. Welcome Yakubu and hope you have a very happy and prosperous stay with us. Good luck Mate from Justin Bryant.

Wednesday 29th August 15:21 Report Comment

Paul IddonI hope that Yak becomers a greater player. I wasn't sure at first, but his record is good. Hopefully he can link up well with AJ and the supply route will allow our forwards to push us on in the league and cups.

Wednesday 29th August 15:21 Report Comment

lee williamsgreat stuff moyes

Wednesday 29th August 15:19 Report Comment

Ajamu MutumwaWelcome Yak, you won't find more passionate and loyal fans in the world than at Everton. Payback begins at Bolton, Saturday, so no pressure then.

Wednesday 29th August 15:16 Report Comment

Mark C WatlingWAHEY @ last! Welcome to Everton! ;0)

Wednesday 29th August 15:13 Report Comment


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