February 2, 2015 / 3:21 PM / 3 years ago

'The Yak' is back, striker Yakubu signs for Reading

Nigeria's Yakubu Aiyegbeni runs with the ball after scoring from a penalty kick as South Korea's goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong looks on during the 2010 World Cup Group B soccer match at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban June 22, 2010.Yves Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Former Portsmouth, Everton and Nigeria striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni has signed for Reading until the end of the season, the English Championship (second tier) club said on Monday.

The 32-year-old, who was a free agent after leaving Qatari club Al Rayyan, has not played in England since departing then-Premier League side Blackburn Rovers in 2012.

"Yakubu brings a fantastic scoring record to this club and his addition will complement the strikers we've already got at Reading and help us to improve as a team in latter stages of the season," manager Steve Clarke told the club's website.

Yakubu boasts an impressive record in English football having scored 114 league goals during spells at Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton, Leicester City and Blackburn.

Reading are 16th in the Championship table with 34 points from 28 matches.

Reporting by Michael Hann, editing by Ed Osmond

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