Date: 17th August 2007 at 1:21pm
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It is being reported that Yakubu has been left out of the Boro squad for the weekend match with Fulham – which will surely mean that he is leaving the Riverside?

Harry Redknapp has been a long-term admirer of the Yak and has been wanting to re-sign for some time, but has openly admitted his reluctant to pay the money that Boro are said to be asking.

I would have him back but my thinking is that as much as he is a top class striker and has improved since he left Fratton I do not think that he has improved enough to warrant the sort of price Boro reportedly wanted from us, so I think it is fair enough that Pompey will not pay it.

After completing the signing of former Pompey loanee Manuel Fernandes, Everton are said to be closing in on Yakubu for a fee of around £11m, which would see them beat Pompey and West Ham to his signature.

If he has indeed been left out of the Boro squad this weekend then he will be moving on, which could be concluded by the end of the weekend – but unless Redknapp has a change of heart over the fee then it will not be back to Pompey.

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