Moyes keen to lure Okocha to Everton

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The Everton manager, David Moyes, is making a move for the Bolton Wanderers captain Jay-Jay Okocha as he looks for end-of-season bargains.

The Everton manager, David Moyes, is making a move for the Bolton Wanderers captain Jay-Jay Okocha as he looks for end-of-season bargains.

Moyes has spoken with the Nigerian player's advisers about the possibility of him going to Goodison this summer on a free transfer when his contract at the Reebok Stadium expires.

Okocha is looking for the best possible signing-on fee and salary but wants to stay in the Premiership and he would accept a switch to Everton if the terms are right.

Moyes knows the midfield is a priority and Okocha's talent has been proved at club and international level and the committed Christian's off-field behaviour is also exemplary - something Moyes appreciates.

Everton already have Okocha's international team-mate and friend Jospeh Yobo in their defence so it would be easy for them to play together. But above all Okocha would be a crowd-pleaser for Everton fans who have suffered some mediocre displays this season.

Okocha's advisers say they are ready to sit down and agree figures with Bolton but they are also talking to rival clubs, including Everton.Celtic have also registered their interest in Okocha, but he would prefer to stay in England, even if there is the Champions' League football on offer in Glasgow.

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