Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate is facing up to the loss of the entire strike force he inherited from Steve McClaren.

Having seen Mark Viduka follow Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink out of the Riverside Stadium in the summer, the 36-year-old is now preparing himself for the exit of Ayegbeni Yakubu.

The 24-year-old Nigeria international headed for Everton after the Teessiders accepted an £11.25million bid from the Toffees and gave them permission to speak to the player.

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