Coventry manager Russell Slade has confirmed the struggling Sky Bet League One club are hoping to sign former Everton striker Yakubu.

The 34-year-old has returned to England following a spell in the Turkish Super Lig side Kayserispor.

Yakubu has also played for Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Leicester, Blackburn and most recently Reading in English football.

Slade is hoping the player will provide a stimulus for the Sky Blues, who are bottom of League One and seven points from safety.

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Coventry are likely to offer Yakubu a short-term contract if he can prove his fitness over the next few days.

“He’s going to spend some time with us and we’ll see how he gets on. He’s made a big impression, he’s a nice fella and he’s been welcomed by the team,” said Slade.

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“He’s been away in Turkey, that was his last football club. He’s back over in England now and wants to get back playing as quickly as he can.

“I don’t think we’re a million miles away but sometimes just to find those extra few inches to bridge that gap.

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“You know one player can do that to find that spark for you to get you some momentum going forward and that’s what we’re looking for. That’s what we desperately need.”

Slade has revealed Coventry will also look at a couple of other experienced free agents to potentially sign as he looks to boost the club’s survival chances.