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Yakubu confident living up to Everton price-tag

New Everton signing Yakubu Aiyegbeni is confident he can meet the expectations that come with his record £11.25 million fee.

"I have said I want to be at a club that is playing in Europe and Everton have players who can do that," said the Nigeria international. "Playing against them you could see what they were trying to achieve and the effort and passion being put in.

"They have a great spirit and character and they all want to be successful. I want to be part of this and to help achieve something for this team.

"I believe I will blend in well here, there is such spirit in the dressing room and that is something I want to be part of.

"They know what they are looking for and it is a great feeling to be involved at Everton.

"I have always been impressed by them, from when I have played against them and from talking to my countryman Joseph Yobo, he has told me a lot about the team and the club and how they are aiming to move forward.

"They are in Europe, they want to do well in every competition and being in this atmosphere is my dream.

"Being Everton's centre-forward is a great pressure, but all my life I have lived under pressure. I am used to it and hope I will be able to give them my best.

"The manager has explained that it is not just about goals, but that we have to work as a team. As a striker you always want to score goals but you must realise that it is more important to play as a team."

Yakubu, who was granted a new work permit on Wednesday, added: "I do not expect to play every game, that is up to the manager. There are good quality strikers here so I know I will have to fight for my place.

"My job is to score, I want to score more than 20 now this season. I will work and believe in myself.

"We have quality here, there is no reason Everton cannot do well. Even while I was at Portsmouth and Middlesbrough, I could see what was happening at Everton and I was impressed."

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