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Last Updated: Monday, 1 September, 2003, 10:11 GMT 11:11 UK
Everton seal Martyn deal
Nigel Martyn

Everton have clinched the signing of Leeds United's former England goalkeeper Nigel Martyn for a nominal fee.

Boss David Moyes was keen to snap up 36-year-old Martyn, who was capped 23 times by England, to provide competition for current first-choice Richard Wright.

Wright was ruled out of the Merseyside derby defeat against Liverpool with a knee injury - and Martyn could well step straight into Everton's first team for the match against Newcastle on 13 September.

Leeds have two young goalkeepers in Danny Milosevic and Scott Carson waiting in the wings as well as first-choice Paul Robinson, and boss Peter Reid felt it was time for Martyn to move on.

"He's in the last year of his deal and he has been a fantastic servant to this club," said Reid.

"We've got young goalkeepers - that's one of the reasons for letting him go.

"But the other is as a thank you for being so patient.

"He is a top professional and deserves a first team place somewhere," Reid added.

Martyn could have moved to Chelsea but rejected a switch to Stamford Bridge because he feared he would not be playing first team football.

He made almost 300 appearances for Leeds after arriving for 2.25m from Crystal Palace in 1996.

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