Everton boss David Moyes is happy to welcome both Joseph Yobo and Yakubu back into his plans if they are still with the club after the transfer window closes.
Yobo, 30, was expected to join Fenerbahce after spending last season on loan with the club, but a move is yet to materialise and uncertainty grows around the Turkish side due to the ongoing match-fixing problems in the country.
Yakubu joined Leicester City on loan in January but, despite saying at the end of his spell at the club that he would be open to a permanent deal, he remains an Everton player with less than 48 hours left of the window.
Both players had revealed their intentions to leave Goodison Park this summer, but Moyes insists he would consider them for selection if they stay.
“Once the deadline goes, I’ll look at where we are,” Moyes was quoted as saying by the Liverpool Daily Post.
“Both players, when they were away, made it clear that they didn’t want to come back and play, but they are back at the moment.
“I have spoken to both the boys, they are fine, they are working well, they are getting on with things.
“If they are still here after the deadline they will come back into the fold.”
When asked about Yakubu's goalscoring record for Everton, Moyes said: “So does Jermaine Beckford [score goals], he does that too. I think he got 10 goals for us last season, so he scores goals for us as well.”