14 – Kevin Kilbane

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Kevin Kilbane signed for Everton in a £1 million deal from Sunderland on 1st September 2003, beating the deadline by just two minutes.

David Moyes was delighted to renew acquaintances with Kevin, whom he coached as a teenager at Preston North End.

The strong left-sided player, who became the Baggies’ first £1 million signing when he moved to The Hawthorns from Deepdale in 1997, has established himself in the Republic of Ireland squad in the last couple of seasons.

Kevin started his career at Deepdale, making more than 50 appearances before moving to West Brom for £1.25 million in May 1997. He then joined Sunderland in a £2.5 million deal in December 1999.

He was part of Mick McCarthy’s squad for the 2002 World Cup finals in Japan and Korea, featuring in every game for Ireland.

With pace and skill, he is adept at providing crosses and supplying the front men.

His first season with Everton earned him the nickname ‘Zinedine Kilbane’. He enjoys scoring himself and can often be found in the opposing penalty area.

Kilbane recently signed a deal to keep him at Goodison Park until 2008.

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