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Everton FC deny reports that James Vaughan is on the brink of joining Cardiff City
Published : 30 Dec 2010 06:00:00
James Vaughan 300 EVERTON last night denied reports that striker James Vaughan was on the brink of joining Cardiff City. But Blues boss David Moyes could still make room for another striker in his shot-shy forward line in January with Derby and Leicester keen to take a player both clubs have had on-loan. Cardiff City, managed by former Everton defender Dave Jones, were reported to have agreed a £1m deal for Vaughan's signature last night. But the Blues say they have had no contact from the Championship club. Vaughan has just returned to Goodison after a successful loan spell at Crystal Palace where he scored five goals in 14 appearances, but despite Everton's much publicised striker goal drought, Moyes is prepared to let the youngster go. Any funds generated would be unlikely to give Moyes any extra spending power, but it would help in his bid to bring in a striker on-loan. Vaughan has made 59 appearances for Everton, but only 11 of those have been starts and his progress has been slowed by serious knee, foot and shoulder injuries. His last senior appearance for Everton was at Tottenham almost a year ago and his last goals against Burnley on December 28 last year. He came on as a substitute in the FA Cup final of 2009 and famously slotted a nerveless penalty kick in the semi-final shoot-out against Manchester United, but his last start for the Blues was in a Carling Cup tie at Blackburn in September 2008. Since then he has had loan spells at Crystal Palace, Leicester and Derby. Yakubu is one of the strikers under pressure at Everton, with only one goal to his name this season, and he accepted last night he and his fellow forwards must improve.