Praise for Yakubu

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Gareth Southgate has hailed the arrival of Yakubu Aiyegbeni at Middlesbrough. 

The Nigerian stroked home a penalty on his debut, as Boro played out a 1-1 draw with Hearts.

"I think he showed glimpses of what he can do. He's a very strong and calm player and he showed that with his penalty, how calm he can be in front of goal," said Southgate.

"He will be well pleased to be straight off the mark because at any new club the strikers want to get on the scoresheet straight away, so it's a perfect start for him.

"The chances he had earlier were half chances, he never had anything too clear-cut but it's very early for him and for all of us.

"What we have to do is work out his strengths and the type of service he wants and we will do but that was the first chance we had to have a look at him."

Meanwhile, Boro and Siena have still not come to agreement over a deal for Massimo Maccarone.

The Tuscan outfit want Maccarone, who spent the back end of last season on loan at Siena, to return on a season-long deal.

It is understood that Siena only want to pay part of Maccarone's salary while Boro want them to pay all of this wages.

"Siena and Middlesbrough have failed to reach an agreement regarding Massimo," the player's agent Paolo Fabbri said.

"Middlesbrough have not accepted Siena's offer as they want them to pay all of the player's wages, something Siena cannot afford to do."

"We told [Boro chief executive] Keith Lamb about the player's availability to return to Middlesbrough," said Fabbri

"He told us to wait until Friday with the club set to make a decision by then."