Yakubu arrives China to finalize mouth watering contract

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Nigeria striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni has arrived China to finalise talks over a lucrative move to Guangzhou R&F.

The 29-year-old striker, who scored 17 goals in the English Premier League with Blackburn last season, flew in Monday and he is now poised to complete the deal in China and earn around £5.7 million a year.

He will join Peter Utaka, another Nigeria striker, who now features for Dalian in China after several seasons with Danish club OB Odense.

Several other Nigerians including Benedict Akwuegbu, Garba Lawal and Tijjani Babangida have played in China.

Yakubu has activated a clause in his contract which allows him to quit for one million pounds when Blackburn are relegated.

Blackburn will now look to replace the Nigeria striker with Newcastle striker Leon Best, although other clubs are also interested in the big centre forward.

Reports suggest that the Chinese are still looking for the big names to recruit after capturing Didier Drogba with Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Tim Cahill just a few of the Premier League stars on their shopping list.

The first two are likely to rebuff the riches on offer for now, while Australia star Cahill of Everton could be tempted away from the EPL.

-MTNfootball

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