Speculation over Ayegbeni Yakubu´s future at Middlesbrough mounted on Tuesday when it emerged he was not training on Teesside.

The 24-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Riverside Stadium throughout the summer with Everton currently thought to be leading the race for his signature.

PA Sport understands the Nigeria international did not train with his team-mates on either Monday or Tuesday, further fuelling talk that his days with the club he joined from Portsmouth for £7.5million in July 2005 could be drawing to a close.

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