Long running transfer saga reaches fruition

Last updated : 18 January 2006 By Editor

The scorer of seven goals in 42 appearances for Everton last season said, "I was happy at Everton and wasn’t pushing for a move. There were rumours in the summer and I think it's been ongoing. I told Alan Curbishley that I thought my future was at Everton but coming up to the transfer window I knew they had been looking to bring another striker in."

Curbishley said, "We enquired about Marcus in the summer but had no joy and as the season started I became increasingly frustrated at that because we had injuries to our other forwards. We started the season with Darren playing up front on his own, which was mainly due to injuries and trying to find the right partner for him.

"We really had to keep badgering Everton to get this off the ground. After having discussions with David Moyes, I knew Marcus was interested in coming back to London, especially to us, so we're delighted to do it."

MB: "I've played with Matty Holland at Ipswich and Herman Hreidarsson at Ipswich and Palace. Darren Bent and Darren Ambrose were both very talented youngsters coming through at Portman Road when I was there."

"I’ve watched Charlton a couple of times at the start of the season and it was exciting. Their confidence was buzzing and every game they went into they probably thought they were going to win it."

Everton chief executive, Keith Wyness, said: "I would like to say how much we appreciate the approach from Charlton throughout."