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Yakubu move is probed.

Byline: Eric Paylor

Yakubu scored the winning goal for Nigeria against Lesotho as fresh reports emerged that his transfer to Boro from Portsmouth was under scrutiny by Lord Stevens.

But Boro should hold no fears that they will be implicated in any way.

Yakubu's pounds 7.5m move to Teesside last year is said to be one of the 39 Premier League transfer which, according to the Lord Stevens Inquiry, needs further investigation.

However Boro chairman Steve Gibson revealed some time ago that the club were comfortable with their handling of the transfer arrangements and satisfied that all the necessary papers were in order.

It is believed that Lord Stevens may have noted the fact that Yakubu was part-owned by Maccabi Haifa, with whom the agent involved in the deal, Pini Zahavi, has links, and it's the details to where the pounds 7.5m was heading which might lead to investigations taking place.

It's likely that if any fresh investigation does take place, then Boro will be exonerated immediately.

Meanwhile Yakubu is concentrating on his football, netting the 50th minute winner which gave Nigeria three hard earned African Nations Cup qualifying points in Maseru.

The Boro striker is back in the Nigerian set-up after his much publicised bust-up with his country's coaching staff led to him missing the previous African Nations finals.

Yakubu's goal ensured that Nigeria took a two points lead ahead of Uganda in Group Three after two matches, with a 100% record from their opening two qualifiers.
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Title Annotation:Sport Boro
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 9, 2006
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