Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 10 July 2014

Yakubu makes Leicester switch

Ayegbeni Yakubu

Leicester have signed Everton striker Ayegbeni Yakubu on loan until the end of the season.

The npower Championship club confirmed on Thursday afternoon they had reached an agreement with the Toffees which could lead to a permanent deal in the summer.

The 28-year-old Nigeria international passed a medical on Wednesday and will be eligible to play for the Foxes as soon as he receives Football League clearance.

Leicester manager Sven-Goran Eriksson told the club's website, www.lcfc.co.uk: "Yakubu is a tremendous signing for Leicester City. He will bring pace, power and experience to the club.

"He has captained his country, played in major competitions and is a first-class footballer, who I am certain will help us to achieve our aims of moving up the npower Championship.

"We are delighted that he is joining us until the end of the season and I'm sure that the supporters will enjoy watching him in action."

Yakubu, who will hope to play at Preston this weekend, is Leicester's third signing of the January transfer window after Ben Mee and Sol Bamba.

The former Portsmouth and Middlesbrough forward will hope the move can rejuvenate a career which has stagnated since he suffered a serious Achilles tendon injury in November 2008.

Yakubu scored 21 goals in his first season at Goodison Park after an £11.25million move from Boro four years ago but has found the net just once this term.

Everton manager David Moyes left him out at the start of the season as he felt he lacked match fitness after a late return from the World Cup and the distraction of an approach from West Ham.

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