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Sky Sports News are reporting that Reading FC are considering bringing in former Middlesbrough & Everton forward Yakubu. Time to feed the Yak?

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32-year-old Yakubu has been out of English football since leaving Blackburn in the summer of 2012. Since then the former Pompey forward has been playing in China and Qatar and has continued to score goals despite questionable opposition.

There's no doubting the Yak's pedigree at the top level with 96 Premier League goals to his name in nine seasons in the top flight. The Nigerian forward has also spent time in the Championship with 11 goals in 20 games for Leicester during the 2010/11 season.

The question here would be whether he's prepared to come back to the grind of English football rather than continue to earn lucrative paydays in some far more glamorous places. On top of that do Reading have the financial resources to bring the Yak in?

Those questions aside it would seem a sensible short-term signing, the same way that Jason Roberts did excellently during the back end of 2012. However, as we found out with Roberts, the worst thing to do is hand out long, expensive contracts to those the wrong side of 30 so unless this is a 6-month deal I'd be wary.

For what it's worth the rumour has been endorsed by a few people linked to Southampton Solent University, where Reading do have a working relationship for training facilities and sports science. Take of them what you will!

Update: GetReading Reading FC reporter Charles Watts has confirmed on Twitter that the move for Yakubu is definitely on.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Understand Yakubu to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/readingfc?src=hash">#readingfc</a> is a goer. It&#39;s on.</p>&mdash; Charles Watts (@charles_watts) <a href="https://twitter.com/charles_watts/status/562237761563148288">February 2, 2015</a></blockquote>

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So Tilehurst Enders the question is should we feed the Yak or is he best left out to pasture?

We'll bring you anymore developments right here on the Tilehurst End.