With contenders for European silverware set to emerge from another tension-packed conclusion...
McFadden seals shock return to Everton
Updated: October 17, 2011
Everton have made a shock swoop for former midfielder James McFadden following his release from Birmingham.
The Scottish international spent 4 and a half years at Goodison Park following his move from Motherwell and will now return to the club where he made over 130 appearances. The move comes as bit of a shock to many after the 28 year old had spent a few weeks on trial at Wolves but a move broke down and it seemed he was destined to return to Scotland and join Celtic. The move was all but complete with Celtic players tweeting how good it would be to bring a player of his experience and quality to Park Head.
Those rumours were quashed though and Everton announced on Monday that he will return to the blue half of Merseyside. David Moyes is a big fan of McFadden and was keen to bring him back to the club considering the club’s money problems and how thin his squad is. The Scottish international moves on a free transfer after being released by Birmingham during the summer. He endured a frustrating season last campaign which saw him watch from the stands for most of it thanks to injury and when the Midlands club were relegated, he was offloaded.
The deal sees him stay at Goodison till the end of the season but of course if he produces the sort of form that has seen him score 15 times for his country then a longer second stint with the Toffees will be on the cards.