Transfer news

Yakubu seals Leicester loan switch

January 13, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Leicester City have completed the loan signing of Everton striker Yakubu, who joins the Championship side until the end of the season.

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GettyImagesYakubu has scored more than 100 goals in English football during spells at Portsmouth, Middlesbrough and Everton

Yakubu, 28, is Sven Goran Eriksson's third signing of the January transfer window, joining defenders Ben Mee and Sol Bamba at The Walker's Stadium.

The Nigerian international drops down to English football's second tier for the first time since arriving at Portsmouth from Maccabi Haifa in 2003.

That season, Yakubu scored seven goals in 12 games to help Pompey to promotion to the top flight, before going on to become an accomplished Premier League goalscorer for Middlesbrough and Everton.

He has struggled with injuries and fitness in recent seasons, though, and having become a bit-part player for David Moyes' side in the current campaign, he will attempt to reignite his career at Leicester.

"Yakubu is a tremendous signing for Leicester City. He will bring pace, power and experience to the club," Eriksson said. "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 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."