Yakubu in hot water over failure to return

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The Everton manager, David Moyes, is considering the future of the club's record signing Yakubu and preparing to fine the player £80,000 – two weeks' wages – following his failure to return to Goodison Park from African Nations Cup duty with Nigeria.

Yakubu, 25, who arrived from Middlesbrough in August for £11.25m, and his international team-mate Joseph Yobo had been set a deadline of Wednesday to return to Merseyside after Nigeria's elimination by Ghana last Sunday.

But while Yobo returned on time, Everton have had no contact with Yakubu and Moyes is understood to be seething at the player's failure to make contact and is set to omit Yakubu from the squad for tomorrow's Premier League game with Reading, even if he returns to the club today.