Blackburn Rovers completed the signing of Nigerian international striker Yakubu on deadline day.

The former Everton striker, who impressed last season on loan with Leicester City in the Npower Championship, signs a three-year deal at Ewood Park and paid tribute to manager Steve Kean after completing the deal.

"I have met him already and he is a great manager," the striker told Sky Sports News.

"For me to be here today, without him I don't think I would be here. I have to give credit to the manager and he was the one that made me come to this place. Being here is great."

Yakubu also revealed how centre back Chris Samba played a part in persuading the player to join the club, with an initial conversation between the two taking place earlier in the summer.

"He said to me two months ago, 'why don't you come down - your going to love it'," the striker told Rovers Player.


"I sent him a text message earlier today and he said 'good', which is great because when you see a guy like that who's a leader too. You want to follow the leader, and look at the team, they have some quality players which is going to be great."

After completing a medical and agreeing terms just minutes before the deadline, Yakubu is under no illusions that the club will face a battle to stay in the Barclays Premier League this term.

Kean's side have lost all three of their league matches so far this term, but the forward is confident he can score goals and help the club stay in the English top flight.

"If you look at the history of the club, I think for me to be here is really, really great," he concluded.

"I am looking forward to playing and helping the team get points and stay in the Premier League."

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