Everton boss David Moyes has revealed that Nigeria international Yakubu was keen to leave the club in the summer.
West Ham United made a bid of £6million for the former Portsmouth and Middlesbrough forward but Moyes rejected it immediately.
"He'd have liked to leave but we never received an offer high enough," former Preston North End boss Moyes told The Sun.
"Because of that, he's never really got himself in the right frame of mind. But now his focus is much better and so is his training. He did well when he came on last week.
"We thought he was worth more than the £6million we were offered – then the next one came in at £5million!
"Yak has a great scoring record in the Premier League and I hope he'll prove that with more goals. He's back in contention to play, though I'm not sure yet about playing 90 minutes."