Yakubu signs for Leicester on loan
Leicester have signed Everton striker Ayegbeni Yakubu on loan until the end of the season.
The npower Championship club confirmed this 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 yesterday 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.
Yakubu said: "It means a lot to me to be joining Leicester City and to be given this chance.
"When I had the option to come here, I didn't think twice. The manager is one of the greats in football history and to work with him presents a special opportunity for me."
Yakubu's departure could provide Everton with the flexibility to bring in a replacement on loan.
Manager David Moyes has bemoaned his side's lack of goals from strikers all season but has no funds available to buy this month.
The Toffees have been linked with a loan move for Monaco's Dieumerci Mbokani, who has reportedly also attracted interest from Aston Villa and West Brom.
Latest in Sport
Mario Balotelli to Liverpool: Best memes as Twitter reacts to imminent £16m transfer
Manchester United transfer news: Louis van Gaal joins Arsenal and Chelsea in the race for Sami Khedira
Mario Balotelli takes 50 per cent pay cut to join Liverpool as Samuel as Eto’o waits in the wings if deal falls through
Crystal Palace next manager latest: Palace consider Ally McCoist - EXCLUSIVE
Click here for the full story." title="When a youngster asked for an autograph outside Manchester City's training ground, Balotelli demanded to know why the boy was playing truant. After the child revealed he was being bullied, Balotelli drove the boy and his mother to the school in question so he could tackle the bully himself. He demanded to see the headmaster to make him aware of the issue and then mediated between the two boys to resolve the problem. A source said: 'Mario feels strongly about bullying.' Click here for the full story." width="88" height="52" />Mario Balotelli: The funniest stories
- 1 Mother fed her daughter tapeworms to make her skinny for beauty pageant
- 3 Crystal Palace next manager latest: Palace consider Ally McCoist - EXCLUSIVE
- 4 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 5 Tim Sherwood column: 'It started as a three-horse race but turned into the Grand National'
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians