TOFFEES` LOAN BID FAILS - MATERAZZI BLAST
By Stuart James
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Toffees are facing a striking crisis ahead of Saturday's Premiership clash with Leicester as Kevin Campbell and Duncan Ferguson are both ruled out of the clash through injury.
Campbell has been out of action since damaging his back in the clash with Newcastle, while Ferguson underwent an operation earlier this week to have a piece of chipped bone removed from his ankle.
It leaves Tomasz Radzinski as the club's only fit frontman - defender Steve Watson was thrust into an emergency strikers role against Chelsea last week - and boss Walter Smith was keen to add a striker to his ranks to help him overcome the problem ahead of the clash with Dave Bassett's Foxes. But with no money at his disposal, Smith was forced to go cap in hand to his former club to ask about Mols on a temporary basis.
However, The Toffees baulked when Rangers asked for a loan fee and the club were also put off by the Dutchman's wages.
Meanwhile, former Everton defender Marco Materazzi has launched a blistering attack on the club.
Materazzi claims rows and poor pre-match planning plagued his time on Merseyside, and that he only joined a Premiership club to multiply his wages.
"While at Everton, I had to learn how to concentrate myself for games," Materazzi, who now plays for Internazionale said.
"I would go into the dressing room beforehand and disco music would be blaring out, the kit men were booting tennis balls around and my team-mates would be wolfing down three bananas each before kick off.
"I remember a furious row between Don Hutchison and the manager. I thought he would never play for us again but instead he was captaining the side the next weekend.
"I went to England for the money. I was earning 10 times my salary but Italian football is far more skilful."