David Moyes has confirmed that Yakubu did want to leave Everton this summer.
West Ham United lodged a bid for the Nigerian front-man but their offer of around £6million fell short of Moyes' valuation.
The former Portsmouth and Middlesbrough man is now pushing for a recall at Goodison Park and Moyes is more than happy he is still around.
"He would have liked to leave but we never received an offer high enough," he told the Sun.
"Because of that, he has 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."