Sharpy delighted at Beattie signing

Last updated : 03 January 2005 By Austin Rathe
Everton legend Sharp said "We've been crying out for a decent forward. The team has been doing well but they don't have a 15-20 goals-a-season man - and James is exactly that.

"He has been blighted with injuries over the last couple of months and it's fair to say he has gone a bit stale at Southampton but this is a great opportunity for him.

"If he can get back among the goals it could be the thing that propels Everton into Europe - and alerts Sven Goran Eriksson."

Tony Cottee also expressed his delight commenting "ooooo, he's so taaaallll". OK, we made that bit up, but i'm sure he was chuffed as well.