Yakubu eyes Foxes stay

Nigerian striker ready to call time on Toffees career

Yakubu: Ready to leave Everton and join up with Leicester permanently

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On-loan Leicester striker Aiyegbeni Yakubu says he is ready to depart Everton in favour of a permanent switch to the Walkers Stadium.

The Nigeria international has been on loan at the Foxes since mid-January after making a temporary move to the Championship club.

Yakubu has impressed for Sven-Goran Eriksson's side, scoring 10 goals in 19 appearances during his loan spell.

Goran-Eriksson revealed earlier this week he was undecided over whether he would try to sign the striker permanently in the summer, admitting the 28-year-old might not want to prolong his stay after the Foxes missed out on a play-off spot.

But Yakubu, who moved to Goodison Park from Middlesbrough for a club record fee of £11.25million in August 2007, insists he wants to stay on at Leicester rather than return to the Toffees.

"I had a great time at Everton but I think I have to move on. "

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"I think I've had enough [at Everton] and I have to look for somewhere to go - I would love to stay [at Leicester]," he said.

"Hopefully I can settle things there and come back. If I could come and play for Leicester that would be great.

"I had a great time at Everton but I think I have to move on. I've had a great four months at Leicester and my season has been really good.

"It feels like home and I feel like I've been here for three or four years - I'm enjoying it.

"The players and the fans have been really nice to me and hopefully I will see them again."