David Moyes beat off competition from Celtic, Rangers and Preston to secure the services of Scottish starlet James McFadden, who arrived at Goodison in a Ã‚Â£1.25m deal in September 2003.
The Glasgow born player worked his way up through the ranks at Fir Park and became a regular in the Motherwell first team and the Scotland squad by the age of 20.
James made his debut for the SPL side as a 17-year-old and became a regular in Terry Butcher’s team by the end of the 2000/01 season.
By the end of his first full season with the ‘Well, he had scored 10 goals in 25 games and was included in the Scotland squad that toured Asia before the 2002 World Cup Finals.
His appearance as a substitute against South Africa in May 2002, earned him his first international cap, at the age of 19.
An entertaining player with great ability, the young Scot, who was bought as Ã¢â‚¬Ëœone for the futureÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, is a terrific dribbler and beats players for fun.
He can play up front or on either wing and important goals for Scotland – most notably against Holland – have given James hero status north of the border.