30th May, 2012
There are strong indications that Nigerian striker, Yakubu Aiyegbeni may be offered for sale for £2 million (about N500m) by Blackburn Rovers this summer in the transfer market.
The Lancashire Telegraph says Yakubu has also now admitted that he does not want to play in the Championship – although he remains under contract until a club activates a clause, understood to come into force following a bid of around £2m as a result of Rovers’ relegation from the Premier League.
Southampton and West Ham United have been linked with the Nigerian. Reading are also looking to strengthen their team ahead of their return to the top flight and are favoured to land the ex-Middlesbrough and Everton striker – who scored 17 Premier League goals last season.
The 29-year-old forward, who came close to joining the Hammers two years ago, is represented by agent Barry Silkman ,who has good relations with the owners at Upton Park.
In his first season at Blackburn, Yakubu has made significant contributions by scoring an impressive 18 goals, but Blackburn were relegated to the Championship by the end of the season thanks to a 1-0 home loss to in-form Wigan. Because of this, Yakubu stated that he does not want to play Championship football and wants to leave Blackburn.