Middlesbrough striker Ayegbeni Yakubu has been given permission to talk to Everton after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee.

The Teessiders finally accepted the Toffees´ offer, understood to amount to £11.25million, for the 24-year-old Nigeria international after a protracted pursuit paid dividends.

A Boro spokesman said: "We can confirm we have agreed a fee for the sale of Yakubu and he has been given permission to talk to Everton. We will only confirm the fee once any deal is complete."

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