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Last Updated: Friday, 24 February 2006, 13:51 GMT
Everton sign Westerveld on loan
Sander Westerveld in action for Portsmouth
Westerveld last played in the FA Cup back in January
Everton have signed former Liverpool player Sander Westerveld on loan to ease their goalkeeping crisis.

The Toffees were given permission by the Premier League to sign emergency cover after suffering a number of injuries and suspensions.

Westerveld is at Portsmouth but has made just seven appearances for the club this season and goes to Goodison Park on a 28-day deal.

The 31-year-old is set will make his Everton debut at Newcastle on Saturday.

Everton's first-choice keeper Nigel Martyn is recovering from an ankle injury and Richard Wright is out for six weeks with ligament damage.

Youngster Iain Turner is suspended for Saturday's game after being sent off just nine minutes into the 1-0 win over Blackburn.

That left manager David Moyes with just teenager John Ruddy, who made his debut as Turner's replacement, as his only available senior goalkeeper.

Westerveld started 75 league games for Liverpool before leaving the club for Real Sociedad in December 2001.


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