Yakubu deal completed

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Everton have sealed an club record £11.25m deal to bring Nigeria striker Ayegbeni Yakubu to Goodison Park after winning their appeal for a work permit.

The Toffees agreed the terms of the transfer with both the player and Middlesbrough a week ago, but his move to Merseyside was delayed when the Home Office refused to grant the former Portsmouth star the necessary paperwork.

Yakubu failed to meet the government department´s criteria for international appearances over the last two years. But, after an appeal hearing in Sheffield, the Home Office agreed to relent, allowing the deal to go through and Yakubu has signed a five-year contract.

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