YAKUBU was today on the brink of completing a season long loan move to Leicester - as David Moyes attempts to bolster his arm in the transfer market by trimming the Goodison wage bill.
The Nigerian striker was believed to have undergone a medical at the Walkers stadium this morning, with the Foxes keen to make the deal permanent this summer.
Foxes boss Sven Goran Eriksson has been tracking the 28-year-old for several weeks, and the Midlands club's wealthy Thai owners have agreed to cover his wages, enabling the deal to go ahead.
Moyes, who must generate his own funds to cover the wages of any potential loan signings, is still trawling the market for a striker, right sided midfielder and cover a centre half.
He has decided to allow Yakubu to move on after the former Portsmouth player slipped behind Louis Saha and Jermaine Beckford in the line-up for a starting berth in his attack.
The Yak has found the net just once for in 15 appearances this season.
Meanwhile, the Everton boss is hoping his firm rebuttal of Tottenham's interest in skipper Phil Neville will prevent the Londoners continuing their pursuit.