Report: Reading chasing former 97-goal Premier League striker

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It has been reported that Championship side Reading could be about to lure former Everton and Middlesbrough striker Yakubu back to England.

Yakubu has been a success at practically every club he has played for and was feared by Premier League defences for the best part of a decade. Currently a free agent after leaving Qatari club Al Rayyan, he would represent a superb signing in the Championship. The Daily Telegraph believe Reading are trying to tie up a deal for him today.

Still just 32-years-old, the Nigerian is a natural finisher and that is something Steve Clarke and his Reading side have lacked this season. Simon Cox has scored eight goals this season, but next in line is Nick Blackman with just three in the league. Reading currently sit in 16th place in the Championship, 13 points of the top six, and it would take an incredible run if they were to reach the play-offs.

Yakubu could ignite a run for The Royals, and he has had success at this level before in England. He started his career at Portsmouth in the Championship (Division One as it was then). He scored seven goals in just half a season for Pompey and also enjoyed a loan spell at Leicester City in 2011 when he scored 11 in 20 appearances.

The former Nigeria captain scored 97 goals in the Premier League during spells at Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton and Blackburn Rovers. Clarke is limited with his finances at Reading and a free transfer signing with the type of pedigree Yakubu has should certainly be worth pursuing.

We will wait and see whether Yakubu returns to England before the window slams shut.

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