BREAKING: Slade speaks on Yakubu as ex-Premier League striker trains at Coventry City - The Coventry Observer

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BREAKING: Slade speaks on Yakubu as ex-Premier League striker trains at Coventry City

Les Reid 6th Feb, 2017

COVENTRY City boss Russell Slade has confirmed former Premier League star Yakubu is now training with the Sky Blues with the aim of finding vital goals for the relegation battle.

It is understood the 34-year-old former Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton, and Blackburn Rovers striker would stay at the Sky Blues for the rest of the season, if he can prove his fitness.

Slade said this afternoon: “He’s in, he has had his first training day with us this morning.

“As you know, he’s played in the UK and his scoring records are very good.

“He is 34 now, his last club was in Turkey. He hasn’t played for a while which is the only concern, but great pedigree. Goals wise, it is one in two.

“If that is the sort of thing he can do for us then we’ve got to be interested.”

It is understood Slade believes the former Nigeria international Yakubu ‘looked good’ in training today and he will want to assess him in more competitive game situations.

Slade revealed last week a player with a ‘big reputation’ would be joining in training at Ryton today.

It is understood the star, who in 2005 moved from Middlesbrough to Portsmouth for £7.5million, is considering re-establishing his playing career in the UK after a year at Turkish Super League club Kayserispor.

He scored 96 goals in the English Premier League between 2003 and 2012.

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