Despite a largely dreadful season at Ewood Park amid the backdrop of hapless owners and fan anger one man did manage to drag himself out of the doldrums and prove that class after all may be permanent, and that man was Yakubu Aiyegbeni.
Understandably after regaining his form and turning back into the formidable front man of old, after his career appeared to be stalling embodied by loan spell at Leicester, the big Nigerian is eager to remain in England’s top division despite his current club’s relegation.
The Mail Online suggest that Blackburn are ready to bow to Yakubu’s wishes and let him leave as long as there valuation of £1 million is met. £1 million seems a bargain price for a man who managed better than a goal every other game in the Premiership last season, with 17 goals in 30 appearances, and has a history of consistent goal scoring. Plus at 29 years old, although it does seem he’s been around forever, he should still have plenty of seasons of scoring ahead of him.
Unsurprisingly the £1 million asking price has set the pulse raising of prudent owners everywhere and all three of the Premiership’s newly promoted sides (Reading, West Ham and Southampton) are reported in the Mail Online as being interested in the Big Nigerian.
The attributes of Yakubu; big, powerful, strong immediately strike you as fitting the criteria of a Sam Allardyce front man and the Yak would easily slip into the West Ham team. Of the three newly promoted clubs West Ham are probably the biggest club with an established fan base and a strong footballing history, so if wage demands can be met the Hammers could well end up being Yakubu’s new home.