Reading eye Nigerian Yakubu

By IndepthAfrica
In Soccer
Apr 30th, 2012

Blackburn Rovers' Nigerian forward Yakubu (L) celebrates with Blackburn Rovers' Canadian forward David Hoilett after scoring a penalty during the English Premier League football match between Blackburn Rovers and Liverpool at Ewood Park in Blackburn, north-west England, on April 10, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES./Getty Images)

Reading are understood to have put Aiyigbeni Yakubu at the top of their summer shopping list – ahead of former favourite Kevin Doyle.

Royals boss Brian McDermott is already scouring the continent on the lookout for new signings and clubs that look set to drop out of the Premier League, such as Blackburn and Wolves, are ripe for the picking.

However, despite former Reading top scorer Doyle appearing to be a popular choice among the fans and Royals players to return to the Madejski Stadium, McDermott prefers Yakubu.

The Nigerian, 29, has two years left on his Ewood Park contract but is believed to be unwilling to drop into the Championship following a prolific season in which his Premier League haul of 16 goals from 27 matches is bettered only by Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero.

Doyle, 28, has struggled to make an impact for Wolves and has scored only four goals in 24 starts.
McDermott will only make a move for Yakubu if Blackburn are relegated from the top flight, but the manager is keen to bolster his strikeforce after

Reading won the Championship despite scoring a relatively paltry 69 goals in 45 games, with their top scorers Adam Le Fondre with 12 goals, Noel Hunt (eight) and Simon Church (seven).

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