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04 Jan 2017


ON THIS DAY: JAN 4 EVERTON SIGN JAMES BEATTIE

JANUARY 4, 2005: JAMES BEATTIE JOINS EVERTON FROM SOUTHAMPTON FOR £6M.

Everton were on the look out for a striker having sold Wayne Rooney to Manchester United in the summer transfer window, on August 31, 2004.

They had been locked in a battle for England striker James Beattie with Aston Villa since August 2004, but it was not until January 2005 that Southampton agreed a £6m fee for the player with both clubs.

This meant Beattie had a choice to make. The then 26-year-old turned down a more lucrative offer from Villa and became the Toffees' record signing, at that time, in a four-and-a-half-year deal.

He was reported to have picked Everton because he felt they gave him a better chance of playing in Europe.

Beattie said at the time: "The position that Everton are in at the minute, has made the decision very easy." 

He made his debut in a 3-1 FA Cup third round win at Plymouth on January 8, 2005 but had to wait until the fourth round against Sunderland on Janaury 31 to score his first goal for the club in a 3-0 success.

Amazingly, his first league goal for Everton came back at Southampton on February 6, but that high was followed by a low as Beattie was sent off for a headbutt on Chelsea's William Gallas in his next match. 

Beattie would not score again that season but the 2005-2006 season was better.

He scored on his Champions League debut in the qualifying round defeat against Villarreal and finished with ten Premier League goals.

That was to prove the high point of his time at Goodison Park as his fell out of Everton’s boss David Moyes' plans in 2006-2007, and finally left the Toffees for Sheffield United at the start of August 2007.

Beattie scored 15 goals in 82 games for Everton and went on to play for Stoke City, Glasgow Rangers, Blackpool and Sheffield United again before finishing his playing days in League Two with Accrington Stanley in 2014.

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