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Steven Fletcher backs Sunderland revival after beating Southampton

Red-hot Fletcher revels in Sunderland revival after victory over Southampton

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15:09 GMT, 23 December 2012

Steven Fletcher always knew Sunderland's season would start to turn around and believes their win at Southampton will help them through their tough Christmas period.

The Black Cats have struggled this season and headed to St Mary's in 16th place, just a point and a place better off than the hosts.

Fletcher's first half strike proved the difference in appalling conditions on the south coast as Martin O'Neill's side eked out a 1-0 win to make it two victories from their last three matches.

Festive cheer: Steven Fletcher celebrates his winner at Southampton for Sunderland

Festive cheer: Steven Fletcher celebrates his winner at Southampton for Sunderland

'We're all professional boys,' the Scotland international said. 'We all know what is needed when we need to go and win game.

'I thought it was a good performance. We attacked well and defended well so you're always going to win games when you play like that.

'Sometimes it is not pretty and we ground it out. We needed the three points and we got that.

'We're just happy we got three points and a good performance as well.'

It is a result that Fletcher hopes can act as a catalyst for further success this Christmas, with Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool all lying in wait.

'We approach them with a bit of confidence,' the striker said.

Pleased as punch: Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill was delighted after his side picked up three points away from home

Pleased as punch: Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill was delighted after his side picked up three points away from home

'We know we've got a hard Christmas period coming up but we've built a bit of confidence and we'll take that into the next game.

'The boys are all very tight. We all get on very well. It is a good bunch of lads.

'If we keep our heads down and keep working hard, we'll get results like this.'

Fletcher's instinctive strike was the summer signing's eighth league goal of the campaign.

The 25-year-old has shone for Sunderland and would like nothing more than to add to his tally when City visit the Stadium of Light on Boxing Day.

'I think Sessy [Stephane Sessegnon] will take an assist for that one but I think he had a shot,' he said with a smile.

'I am just glad I got another goal and we got the win.

'It just came to me quick and my instinct was to side-foot it away. Luckily for me it went in the back of the net.

'It would be nice to get a goal under my belt and another win, but we'll wait to see what happens.”

Adel Taarabt given home truths by Harry Redknapp to inspire first QPR league win

Taarabt's home truths pay dividends for Redknapp as QPR hope for greatest of escapes

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22:30 GMT, 16 December 2012

Harry Redknapp offered Adel Taarabt some home truths at Queens Park Rangers’ Harlington HQ last week.

And maybe, just maybe, the training ground dressing down will be the catalyst for one of the Premier League’s greatest ever escapes.

‘I took him off last week (against Wigan) and he wasn’t in the best of moods. He didn’t behave in the best of ways so I had a good chat with him in the office on Monday morning. He’s responded to that.

Home truths: Harry Redknapp (inset) has revealed that he had a talk with Adel Taarabt after his poor performance against Wigan last weekend

Home truths: Harry Redknapp (inset) has revealed that he had a talk with Adel Taarabt after his poor performance against Wigan last weekend. Taarabt responded with a double against Fulham

‘I didn’t put my arm around him, I didn’t call him in and say: 'Oh, come on'. I was disappointed with one or two things when I took him off last week, he had the hump on the bench and all that.

‘So we sorted that out. I said to him, don’t throw your arms up when you lose the ball, don’t stand with your hands on your hips and don’t put your hands on your head, just get after the ball if you lose it otherwise everyone sees that you made a mistake and it gets highlighted.

‘He did that on Saturday and he was fantastic. He can be a top, top player. He’s got ability like not many people you’ve ever seen in your life.’

Taarabt’s scintillating display on Saturday secured QPR’s first Premier League win of the season against Fulham.

If his first goal was mildly fortuitous having taken a hefty deflection on the way past Mark Schwarzer, his second was simply breathtaking as he rolled an audacious shot with the outside of his right boot past Fulham’s Australian keeper.

Relief: Taarabt's two goals inspired QPR's first Premier League victory of the season against Fulham

Relief: Taarabt's two goals inspired QPR's first Premier League victory of the season against Fulham

Having reluctantly sold the Morocco international at Tottenham, Redknapp says he thrilled at the chance of working with Taarabt once again.

And the QPR boss feels the 23-year-old can have a similar impact at Loftus Road as a certain enigmatic Italian had at West Ham.

‘Adel’s like [Paolo] Di Canio, who I thought was a fantastic player, one of the all-time greats at West Ham.

‘Paolo was difficult to handle but he was genius who could win you match and Adel is the same.

‘We always felt that when Adel was at Tottenham. He was always a complete fruitcake at Tottenham. He’s hard work. But he is what he is. I said before that he’s a bit of a nut at times.

New favourite: Harry Redknapp compared Taarabt to Paolo Di Canio, whom he managed at West Ham

New favourite: Harry Redknapp compared Taarabt to Paolo Di Canio (below), whom he managed at West Ham

Harry Redknapp and Paolo Di Canio discuss tactics in a training session at West Ham

‘But his heart’s in the right place, he wants to do well. When I let him go at Spurs, he used to come back and I’d say to him “you’re making me look a fool, Adel!”

‘I kept seeing him on telly, he looked like he was worth 20million, I sold him too cheap!

‘But I never wanted to let him go at Tottenham. I was scared to let him go. I always felt he had a value even if he wasn’t starting.

‘He could still come off the bench and turn a game for you. But it was hard for him to get in the team back then and in the end Daniel [Levy] said: “Look, if he’s not going to play, we might as well sell him and get a big sell-on fee” and that’s what the club did.’

Ryan Giggs: Eric Cantona"s Portugal camp was catalyst for success in Manchester

Giggs: Cantona's Portugal camp was catalyst for success in Manchester

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19:08 GMT, 24 November 2012

Ryan Giggs believes a well-timed
training camp in Portugal proved to be the inspiration behind Eric
Cantona's stunning success at Manchester United.

Tuesday is the 20th anniversary of Cantona's arrival at Old Trafford from Leeds.

When the Premier League celebrated
its 20th anniversary last spring, Cantona was nominated in five
categories, more than any other individual. But he did not actually win
any.

King of Old Trafford: Eric Cantona

King of Old Trafford: Eric Cantona

However, if there had been a selection for 'most significant transfer', Cantona surely would have been it.

After all, his departure from Leeds – champions at the time – for United is largely credited as the reason Sir Alex Ferguson's team ended their 26-year wait for the title, the catalyst that won them the crown four years out of five, and providing the example from which the 'Class of 92' also dominated the English game.

Giggs saw it all. And the veteran Welshman, 39 next week, does not underestimate the value of that trip to Portugal.

Mentor: Eric Cantona (right) was an inspiration to Ryan Giggs

Mentor: Eric Cantona (right) was an inspiration to Ryan Giggs

'It was a bit of a lucky break for Eric,' said Giggs. 'The game immediately after he signed was Arsenal away.

'He didn't play but he watched it, then came away with us to a training camp in Portugal where we played Benfica.

'Overall, we were away for four or five days as a team, which gave him the ideal chance to get to know everybody.

'He fitted in straight away. He played alongside Mark Hughes in the first half and Brian McClair in the second.

Goal scorer: Eric Canton in action against Leeds

Goal scorer: Eric Canton in action against Leeds

'Then when we got back, I got injured in the following match against City, he came on and instantly was a revelation.

'He was that link between midfielders and forwards we had been missing.

Icon: Eric Cantona

Icon: Eric Cantona

'He made goals, he scored goals. Manchester United was made for him.'

Giggs was amongst those who soaked up all the knowledge, who stayed back after training to perfect their techniques, as Cantona used to do.

Yet, it seems there was another element, something that cannot be measured to any degree.

Without having to say anything, Cantona was able to lift those around him.

'A
lot of people think he was a bit aloof but, to us, he was just one of
the lads,' said Giggs. 'The fact he fitted in straight away helped on
the pitch…

'He just had a real presence about him, an aura which worked in different ways.

'For us, knowing Eric was in the team was a boost.

'But the opposition were also acutely aware he could come up with a little bit of magic to unlock their defence.'

Hatem Ben Arfa desperate for derby win

Ben Arfa desperate for derby win at Sunderland to kick-start Newcastle's season

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17:13 GMT, 20 October 2012

Hatem Ben Arfa is hoping derby victory at Sunderland can belatedly kick-start Newcastle's season.

The Magpies head for the Stadium of Light on Sunday having won only two of their seven Barclays Premier League games this season to date, and although they have lost just two, they are struggling to find the consistent form which catapulted them into fifth place at the end of the last campaign.

However, a 1-0 derby victory on Wearside in August last year proved the catalyst for that surge up the table, and France international Ben Arfa is looking for a similar boost this weekend.

Eyes on the prize: Hatem Ben Arfa wants to snatch victory at Sunderland to get Newcastle's season going

Eyes on the prize: Hatem Ben Arfa wants to snatch victory at Sunderland to get Newcastle's season going

He said: 'We are confident because we know we have very good players in our squad. That's why we are confident.

'In the Premier League, we have to win to get more confidence. In the last few games, we didn't take a lot of points.

'We have to get our confidence back. We have to win consecutive games to have high confidence.

'We have very good players. On the pitch, everyone wants to do very well in this game.

'All the fans want to play this game, but they can't, and we going to give all our energy for this game.'

Ben Arfa has had only one taste of the derby experience during his time on Tyneside, coming on as a half-time substitute in the 1-1 draw at St James' Park in March to spark a fightback which helped his team come from behind to snatch a point.

As a result, the visit to the Stadium of Light will be his first, although the 25-year-old has been left in little doubt as to what to expect.

He said: 'Everyone in the club, even in the kitchen, has told me, 'Now you have to score' and 'Now you have to win'.

'It's the biggest game for Newcastle
this season. For the last week, every time I go into town, people have
talked just about this game.

'I'm
looking forward to playing this game. I'm very happy to play this game.
I'm sure every player wants to win this game for the fans.

'Last year, I played one half. I felt the atmosphere was very great, not like other games.

Final preparations: Ben Arfa and Newcastle readied themselves for the trip to the Stadium of Light

Final preparations: Ben Arfa and Newcastle readied themselves for the trip to the Stadium of Light

Last time out: Newcastle were well beaten at Manchester United before the international break

Last time out: Newcastle were well beaten at Manchester United before the international break

'I have never played in Sunderland before, so I will see what happens there, but I think it's going to be very hard.

'The fans from Sunderland are going to make a lot of noise.'

If Newcastle have largely failed to scale the heights they reached last season so far this time around, the same cannot be said of Ben Arfa, who has produced a series of electric displays to light up St James'.

He is the only Magpies man other than
striker Demba Ba to find the back of the net in a league game, scoring
the winner from the penalty spot against Tottenham on the opening day of
the season and a stunning equaliser against Aston Villa on September 2.

He
would dearly love to add to his tally this weekend in a game which
rivals the intensity of the showdown between Paris St Germain and former
club Marseille in his native country.

He
said: 'It's a similar atmosphere, but I think it's more intense here
because the cities are next to each other. I think it's amazing here.'

Newcastle
are likely to be boosted by the return of first-choice central
defenders Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor from injury, while keeper
Tim Krul is also in contention after working his way back from an elbow
problem.

Danger man: Steven Fletcher has been in exceptional form since signing for Sunderland this summer

Danger man: Steven Fletcher has been in exceptional form since signing for Sunderland this summer

Nigel Adkins proud as Southampton bounce back against Aston Villa

Adkins proud as Southampton show fighting spirit to bounce back against Villa

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20:32 GMT, 22 September 2012

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins highlighted togetherness as the catalyst to his side overcoming their miserable start to life back in the Premier League with a 4-1 defeat of Aston Villa.

Saints came into the match rooted to the bottom of the standings after four successive defeats and looked on course for another loss when Darren Bent gave Villa a first-half lead.

However, Rickie Lambert drew the hosts level and then played a part in the build-up as Nathaniel Clyne tucked away a superb ball from Gaston Ramirez.

Jason Puncheon saw a shot deflected in by Villa defender Ciaran Clark shortly afterwards, before Lambert netted from the spot in stoppage time to secure a victory that helps lift the pressure off the newly-promoted side.

On target: Rickie Lambert hit two as Southampton recorded their first points of the campaign

On target: Rickie Lambert hit two as Southampton recorded their first points of the campaign

'I think it is understandable when you lose the first games of the season [there is a bit of tension and anxiety],' Adkins said.

'It is always a situation that could be pressurised, if you like. We keep talking to players about working through the process.

'We want to pass the football and everyone is well aware of that. We've done it on many, many occasions.

'I think the supporters understand that as well and there was a massive togetherness all the way through the stadium together.

'One or two passes may have gone astray but there was a real belief about what we do. We scored some good goals and arguably could have got a couple more.

'It is great that we have got a football club where everyone is united together. We have come a long way in a short space of time and [even] sometimes when things aren't quite going our way, everyone pulls together.

Mixed emotions: Paul Lambert and Nigel Adkins on the sideline

Mixed emotions: Paul Lambert and Nigel Adkins on the sideline

'Everyone has worked very, very hard from the chairman all the way down. We have got some fantastic staff, some fantastic football players and importantly the supporters, who are outstanding.

'They get behind the players and the team. They know what we are trying to achieve, what we are achieving and, together as one, we're doing it.'

It was quite a return to form by Southampton after last week's 6-1 hiding at Arsenal.

Adkins shook things up in a bid to change his side's fortunes, bringing in Ramirez, Maya Yoshida and Paulo Gazzaniga for their full Premier League debuts.

The latter was a surprise inclusion, with the 20-year-old Argentinian goalkeeper replacing club captain Kelvin Davis after he conceded 14 goals in Southampton's first four Premier League matches.

'They are decisions that all managers have to make,' Adkins said. 'Kelvin Davis is an outstanding professional. He has been fantastic since I joined this football club and has been an ever-present for us.

'I've got to make a decision about what I have to go and do. I spoke to Kelvin on Thursday about it and he reacted exactly how I imagined he would.

Harsh lesson: Paulo Gazzaniga can only watch as Darren Bent hits the opener

Harsh lesson: Paulo Gazzaniga can only watch as Darren Bent hits the opener

'He has been a total professional, got right behind the players and has given Paulo a lot of support and Paulo has gone and put in a good performance today.'

While Southampton can celebrate a vital first three points, Villa left St Mary's wondering what could have been.

Christian Benteke came agonisingly close to doubling their advantage shortly into the second half, before manager Paul Lambert's namesake inspired a superb comeback.

'The first half I thought we were worthy of it but you can't defend as deep as that and expect to get a 1-0,' Lambert said.

'We had a couple of chances to make it two and we were okay for 50 minutes. They have been down before in games so there was no need to panic. At 2-1 you are still in the game but we have moments like that.

'I never get too high when we win or too low when we lose. The lads know, they don't need me to tell them what's good and what's not. The first half we were fine but then we gave ourselves too much to do.'

Joey Barton is a nice person, says Marseille team-mate Andre Ayew

Barton is truly a nice person, claims Marseille forward Ayew

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13:59 GMT, 5 September 2012

Andre Ayew is looking forward to seeing Joey Barton in action after being charmed by the on-loan midfielder.

Barton joined Marseille last Friday on a season-long deal from QPR, after a tumultuous first year at Loftus Road following his move from Newcastle.

French fancy: Barton has joined Marseille on a season-long loan

French fancy: Barton has joined Marseille on a season-long loan

His red card and violent reaction on the final day of last season at Manchester City was the catalyst for a chain of events which saw Barton dropped from Mark Hughes' first-team squad and not given a shirt number for the new campaign.

All smiles: Ayew has been charmed by nee boy Barton

All smiles: Ayew has been charmed by nee boy Barton

Thirty-year-old Barton is now eager to embrace his new challenge at the Stade Velodrome, and in Ghanaian Ayew he has a colleague who has welcomed his arrival.

'He is truly a nice person,' Ayew told Marseille's club website. 'It's maybe the case that, on the pitch, he is different, with another kind of desire, another kind of commitment, another kind of aggression. But away from it he's truly a good person.'

Tony Fernandes insists QPR are not panicking

Eight are already in and more are on the way… but Fernandes insists QPR are not panicking

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12:42 GMT, 23 August 2012

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has defended the club's transfer policy and dismissed any suggestions that they are panic-buying.

Eight players have been brought in already this summer and the club are currently in negotiations with defenders Michael Dawson, of Tottenham, and Ricardo Carvalho, of Real Madrid.

Speaking to TalkSPORT, Fernandes confirmed QPR were in discussions about new arrivals but insisted no more deals had yet been completed.

Catalyst: Fernandes can't believe what he is watching as QPR go down 5-0 to Swansea on the opening day of the season at Loftus Road

Catalyst: Fernandes can't believe what he is watching as QPR go down 5-0 to Swansea on the opening day of the season at Loftus Road

'None of those deals that have been reported have actually been done. We have been talking on many, many fronts. When they're done we'll announce them, if they're done,' he said.

'But there have been many things we have been trying to do over the last eight days.'

Asked about Dawson specifically, Fernandes said: 'I'd rather not comment. We are in discussions but QPR have got to run a sensible business. I think people out there think we are just throwing money and panic buying, all these kinds of words I hear. I think we are very calm at what we want.

'We have done some sensible business over the summer and we are not going to throw it away. We are here for the long run and we'll do things properly.'

In negotiations: Dawson (left) and Carvalho (right)

In negotiations: Dawson (left) and Carvalho (right)

In negotiations: Dawson (left) and Carvalho (right)

As well as bringing players into the club, there is also speculation about the future of midfielder Joey Barton, who is one game into a 12-match ban and has been linked with a season-long move to French club Marseille.

Fernandes said: 'There are many things that are happening with Joey, and it's just like anything else, everything happens in the last nine days (of transfer window).

'Nothing's confirmed and he's very much a QPR player at the moment. He's done us proud in the past so we'll just wait and see what happens.'

Fraser Forster is up there with Gigi Buffon – Neil Lennon

Forster's up there with Buffon, claims Lennon after keeper's heroic display

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21:39 GMT, 22 August 2012

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Neil Lennon has hailed the match-winning qualities of goalkeeper Fraser Forster, placing the Englishman in the same bracket as Artur Boruc, Peter Schmeichel and Andy Goram.

As former England defender Gareth Southgate urged Roy Hodgson to cast his eye over the Celtic No 1, Lennon praised the 23-year-old’s role in propelling the Parkhead side to the brink of the Champions League group stages.

A string of top-class saves kept Helsingborgs at bay and allowed the SPL champions to take a healthy 2-0 lead into Wednesday’s second leg in Glasgow.

In fine form: Fraser Forster helped Celtic earn a first-leg lead in Sweden

In fine form: Fraser Forster helped Celtic earn a first-leg lead in Sweden

Paying tribute to his only signing of the summer so far, Lennon said: ‘We’ve had Fraser for over two years now and have bedded him down for another three at least. We feel he is a great signing for us.

‘All good goalkeepers win matches for you. Allan McGregor did it for Rangers over the years, Andy Goram before that. Artur Boruc did it for us. Peter Schmeichel and Gigi Buffon also did it. Good goalkeepers are worth their weight in gold at times.

'I’m delighted with the part he has played.

‘You need your goalkeeper to play well. Whether it is Celtic, Manchester United, Juventus — any team. You need a bit of luck as well at times.

‘Fraser was fantastic on Tuesday night and he made big saves at big moments. He was the catalyst for the result.

‘He was perfect in everything he did. We might need another good performance out of him in the home leg. I’m sure Helsingborgs will try to fly out of the blocks.’

Reiterating his calls for Hodgson to take a look at the former Newcastle keeper as a back-up for Joe Hart, Lennon added: ‘I don’t think Fraser did himself any harm on Tuesday night as far as England recognition is concerned.

Marching on: Celtic celebrate Kris Commons' opening goal

Marching on: Celtic celebrate Kris Commons' opening goal

‘The game was shown to an ITV audience, so his performance was seen down south.

‘The way he has been the last 18 months, at the top of his game, he’s only getting better. He’s still only 23 and he has all the attributes to be one of the best goalkeepers in the land.

‘It’s not for me to pick him for England. But all he can do is keep performing like that and, sooner or later, the door will open.’

Lennon received backing from Southgate, capped 57 times for England.

‘I’m a great fan of Jack Butland, who is a super, young keeper, but he has no real first-team experience,’ said Southgate of the Birmingham City rookie who won his first cap for England against Italy recently.

‘Forster, with Champions League exposure, now has a great chance to force his way into Roy Hodgson’s plans.

‘Neil Lennon has said he is good enough for England and, after a display like that, you have to agree.’

Work to be done: Neil Lennon knows Celtic have not qualified yet

Work to be done: Neil Lennon knows Celtic have not qualified yet

Helsingborgs coach Age Hareide insists the pressure to qualify is still on Celtic — despite taking a healthy lead into the home leg.

Lennon has refused to rise to his counterpart’s baiting, however, insisting: ‘We will be at home, so the onus is maybe on us to take the game to them. That’s what we will try and do. We’ve got a good cushion. That’s obviously important and the clean sheet was priceless as well.

‘I’m not going to get into a war of words. I’ll just leave it at that until next week.’

Beram Kayal is looking forward to the second leg after claiming he asked to be substituted at half-time in Sweden after sustaining an ankle injury.

The Israeli was replaced by James Forrest in a tactical move which changed the game, but he told media in his homeland: ‘I’m suffering from a light injury and asked to be substituted so that I’ll be fit for next week.’

Ki Sung Yueng, meanwhile, is likely to sign for Swansea this week after returning from South Korea for talks.

‘I don’t even know if the Ki deal is done yet,’ said Lennon. ‘I’ll talk to people in the next couple of days about it.’

Euro 2012: I owe my career to Paulo Bento, says Nani as Portugal prepare for Czech Republic

I owe my career to Bento, says Nani as Portugal prepare for Czech Republic

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20:11 GMT, 20 June 2012

Manchester United winger Nani heads into the first quarter-final of Euro 2012 against the Czech Republic having admitted he owes his whole career to Portugal coach Paulo Bento.

The team’s presence in the last eight owes much to the efforts of Nani and his former United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, who helped their team overturn a one-goal deficit against Holland on Sunday to win 2-1.

In good nick: Nani (left) and Portugal are favourites to reach the semi-final

In good nick: Nani (left) and Portugal are favourites to reach the semi-finals

The right profile: Bento

The right profile: Bento

Now Nani has revealed he does not think he would have had a professional career at all had Bento not rescued him from his wayward youthful days at Sporting Lisbon, where Bento was youth coach.

Nani said: ‘He is one of the main reasons I am where I am because he opened doors and my eyes and made me see what I was doing was wrong many times.

‘He made me realise if I wanted to be here, as I am today, I needed to change certain things. He believed in me.’

Bento’s arrival during qualifying — after the side took only one point from their first two games — was the catalyst for Portugal reaching the finals.

Nani added: ‘He came in with a good mentality, a good attitude and that was it. He changed our mindset.’

Everton want Steven Pienaar permanently

Everton make Pienaar the priority as they prepare for new season

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21:30 GMT, 29 April 2012

Everton will make re-signing Steven Pienaar a priority at the end of this Premier League season.

Pienaar, a catalyst in the club’s push for an eighth top-eight finish in David Moyes’ decade in charge, is currently on loan from Tottenham, having quit for White Hart Lane 15 months ago.

Sportsmail understands that the South Africa playmaker’s permanent return will be sanctioned if Spurs recoup their 3million outlay.

Return: Steven Pienaar has excelled during his second spell at Goodison Park

Return: Steven Pienaar has excelled during his second spell at Goodison Park

Pienaar, 30, has made just five league starts for the north London club and his virtuoso display against Fulham suggested his heart remains on Merseyside.

He had a hand in all four of the goals — the assist for Tim Cahill’s volley on the hour the piece de resistance — as Everton registered four goals in three consecutive league games for the first time since 1964.

‘After the season finishes, we’d like to keep him,’ admitted Everton manager David Moyes. ‘I actually think Steven would like to stay. If that’s the case, there’s a chance we could make it happen.

‘He was terrific. He looks as if he enjoys his football here. What he does is exceptional.’

Fulham forward Clint Dempsey is also on Moyes’s summer wishlist but the American was overshadowed by Nikica Jelavic, whose double took his tally to 10 goals in as many starts since a 5m switch from Rangers in January.

It has been a prolific opening to the Croat’s career in England but Moyes was modest when asked if he had made the signing of the season.

Superb: Nicika Jelavic has been a great signing

Superb: Nicika Jelavic has been a great signing

‘That’s for other people to decide but he has given us a real lift,’ he said.

‘To sign a centre forward who scores goals in the Premier League would normally cost you a bundle of cash.

‘I remember thinking, “Will he, won’t he What would 5m get you in the Premier League, in terms of a centre forward”

‘You could try to get the best centre forward in the Championship but that might cost you more.’

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