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Yobo's proctracted transfer

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Interesting to see on the BBC website that Fenerbahce president Aziz Yildirim is being held on match-fixing allegations. One match under invetigation is the final match of the season against Sivasspor where Fenerbahce won 4-3, and our own Joey scored the winning goal. Perhaps this is causing a delay in the transfer?
Philip Jones, Anglesey     Posted 03/07/2011 at 18:44:57

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Al Reddish
1   Posted 03/07/2011 at 19:57:36

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I thought the same myself Phil, but we have been assured by Kenwright about a week ago that this will be sorted in a couple of days, so you are probably way off the mark(!)
Michael Bates
2   Posted 03/07/2011 at 20:32:24

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Al is right - watch this space, Phil. Bill is working 24/7 to get this transfer through.
Dick Fearon
3   Posted 03/07/2011 at 20:57:55

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Look here, lads and lasses, as far as transfers go, what will happen will and what won't won't... and there's not a damn thing you or I can do about it.

Corruption gossip about Fenerbahce's and Brum's Presidents plus half the top tier Greek clubs and the Korean and others in all parts of the world, not to mention FIFA itself being the most corrupt of all, makes me glad that Everton is safe with dear old Billy and saint-like Davey in charge.

Trevor Powell
4   Posted 03/07/2011 at 21:56:37

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How much interest are we generating?

Just go to the BBC premier league page and look under Everton...The story showing is, "Everton captain Phil Neville intends to carry on playing and look under Everton." All the latest news dated Friday, 10 June 2011 14:58 UK.

What is happening to our club when we are about as newsworthy as a dog biting a man!

Jay Harris
5   Posted 03/07/2011 at 22:39:45

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Watch this space lads.

He's been seeking investment 24/7 for 11 years now and Manny(Fernades) will be signing in the morning for the invisible 12 million that he has.

Believe nothing Kenwright says until it is done.
Eric Myles
6   Posted 04/07/2011 at 02:22:44

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Dick, have you been taken over by Mr Dodd using his Vulcan Mind Meld?
Or was it just a preemptive strike?
Eric Myles
7   Posted 04/07/2011 at 02:50:55

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If they can afford to offer £10 million for Scott Parker then we should tell them to honour the contract they signed and pay the agreed fee for the player that won them the title or Fuck Off.
James Flynn
8   Posted 04/07/2011 at 03:15:35

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As an American - Still getting used to matching-fixing as routine soccer news.
Rahman Talib
9   Posted 04/07/2011 at 03:53:04

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They are all crooks.
Gavin Ramejkis
10   Posted 04/07/2011 at 06:45:06

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We set a price and if they didn't honour it despite his goal winning them the title you fuck them off and put him up for sale to anyone willing to meet a certain fee - or you do a Billy Bullshitter, he's probably looking for the money to pay them to take him off our hands
Mike Bates
11   Posted 04/07/2011 at 09:02:18

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The money will be in the bank in the morning...
Erik Dols
12   Posted 04/07/2011 at 09:46:13

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As a European - Still getting used to Americans calling footbal 'soccer'...
Anthony Millington
13   Posted 04/07/2011 at 09:49:36

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Spot on Eric, the Echo was claiming that there are other clubs interested in Yobo so let's see what price we can get from one of them. Who cares if Yobo wants to go to Fenerbache? We're skint and someone should say to Yobo that they obviously don't value him that highly if they're only offering 3 million for him! They've just won the league and must have some money from Champions League qualification! It would be interesting to see if they'd win the league if they didn't pay the money for Yobo!

Imagine if one of their players wanted to come to us and we put in a derisory offer like that, we'd have no chance!
James Stewart
14   Posted 04/07/2011 at 14:36:44

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Yobo should not be sold for any less than we bought distin for. Similar class of player and Yobo is younger so should be fetching more!!! He would be a cracking signing for any of the promoted teams.
Peter Laverty
15   Posted 04/07/2011 at 15:30:08

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It would not surprise me one bit if we still own both Yobo and Yakubu when the season starts and more likely, right up until the transfer deadline. Anyone serious about signing them will know that we don't have a pot to piss in and, the closer it gets to the deadline day, the more desperate we will be for money to balance the books for the next year. This will allow teams to lodge insulting bids, bids that will be wrapped up under the "undisclosed" banner. £4 million for the pair, not the £6 million for Yobo and £4 million for Yakubu that we could and should have got if we weren't a clown show.
Martin Handley
16   Posted 04/07/2011 at 15:49:55

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Peter, #15 ? Totally agree, mate, there is no interest in the Yak and the Turks are refusing to honour a deal and people are shocked! Remember the reason Kevin Campbell signed permanently for us was that his president at his Turkish club called him a black animal!

Every man and his dog knows we're up shit creek, so don't be surprised if/when Rodwell goes, he goes for about £10 million on 31 August at 1 minute to the deadline. Then DM and BK will come out with the usual shite that Pele and Franz Beckanbaur were about to sign for £30 mil each but we end up with Jedward instead!

Don't bother looking for new signings ? there won't be any, just be grateful if we can keep our current players. That unfortunately means Yak and Yobo too as we need every swinging dick we can muster, as they say in the army!

Elaine Riding
17   Posted 04/07/2011 at 16:24:06

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No squad numbers for Yobo or Yak on official website when you order the new home kit. Shows everyone who maybe interested that we don't want them at Goodison, in my opinion, and so why rush to sign them when you know they will be £1m cheaper in a few weeks at the very least...

Call me old fashioned but I believe that if Everton are paying their wages then they should be given a squad number and treated as an Everton player.
Yak didn't want to go out on loan but, when he was treated like he was, he felt he had no choice. He was great against Liverpool and a fit Yak is an asset.

As for Yobo, I just don't get where the apparent attitude is coming from with him. Why I still check the transfer gossip on the BBC each day is a mystery to me. I just hope we can pull of just one top player and keep Baines at all costs...

Dennis Stevens
18   Posted 04/07/2011 at 17:38:43

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As a European, Eric, I suppose it might seem odd that Americans should latch onto a term for football that dates back to the 19th century & is English in origin. The term was originally a slang term to quickly & easily differentiate between Association Football & Rugby Football ? hence 'soccer' & 'rugger'. However, when one appreciates those origins one can see how well suited the term is for use by Americans to differentiate Association Football from their own form of football. Mind you, they've been using the term 'soccer' for as long as I can recall, so I'm surprised people are still getting used to it.
Barry Thompson
19   Posted 04/07/2011 at 21:37:59

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Aye Elaine, the offer of getting pulled off might get Rooney as far as the medical but in the end he wouldn't sign the contract. By the way Trevor #4 any more news regarding the dog that bit the man?
Dick Fearon
20   Posted 04/07/2011 at 22:01:36

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Elaine and Barry # 17, 19, reminds me of the player new to Australia saying how happy he was that the coach promised to pull him off at half time. In England he said, "we only get an Orange". boom boom.
Dennis Stevens
21   Posted 05/07/2011 at 00:08:37

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Dick, that's basically the Rodney Marsh / Alf Ramsey tale, although it's apparently a complete fabrication ? but that hasn't stopped Marsh from repeating it in his post-playing career.
Eric Myles
22   Posted 05/07/2011 at 02:11:45

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Dennis #18, I think you were answering Erik, not Eric. But where I come from the slang for football was 'footy' or 'togger' which was easily enough to distinguish it from rugby.

Do Americans refer to their 'football' as footy? If not pretty easy to use the term instead of 'soccer'. By the way we call what the Americans call football, Yankie Rugby.

Karl Meighan
23   Posted 05/07/2011 at 09:16:59

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I thought we were just slow in trying to sign players, it looks like we are balancing it out by taking a age in selling Yobo. It wont suprise me if the Yobo deal is completed just as Moyes main transfer target is being unveiled by Sunderland or Wolves.

One or two new signings or even targets would give a lift.
Martin Handley
24   Posted 05/07/2011 at 11:26:40

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Apparently Yobo is going to refuse to train at Everton to force his move through... Joey, you refused to play for us when fit so no-one'll notice the difference.

Karl #23, don't hold your breath! We all know Moyesie and transfers, Target A gets sold to Club B, we have no Target B so that'll be that.

We have got Eric Deir though... ho hum; poor kid'll probably end up at Tranmere on loan from being on loan from us. As I've said before on another post, if 2 or 3 of the kids can push on this season then we will have to accept them as new signings.

Erik Dols
25   Posted 05/07/2011 at 14:46:08

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Dennis #18: I was just yanking James's (#8) chain. Of course I am familiar with the term 'soccer' and can see why Americans use it. But as an American he should know that three matches from the Gold Cup played in the USA last weeks are under investigation on suspicions of match fixing. It's not a European thing, I don't feel match fixing is 'routine news' here in Europe. Or am I being naive?
Trevor Lynes
26   Posted 05/07/2011 at 17:43:33

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I just hope that Joe Yobo, who played well for us during his career, gets what he wants... he is a deserving case!
Steve Jones
27   Posted 05/07/2011 at 21:37:35

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Heres the latest from 442 soccer - Turkish officials act quickly.

http://fourfourtwo.com/news/restofeurope/82197/default.aspx

Just our luck if Joey Yobo is brought in as part of this investigation. Hopefully he is clear and we can sell him somewhere else, Fenerbahce won't know if they are still in the First Division or not, so won't pay right now.
Antony Matthews
28   Posted 06/07/2011 at 12:18:17

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Looks like the Yak wont be going Leicester either. They have just signed David Nugent so Yaks got no more options except to knuckle down, unless he gets lucky!
Anthony Hughes
29   Posted 06/07/2011 at 13:07:41

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Having the Yak back will be like a new signing!!!
Andrew McLean
30   Posted 10/07/2011 at 21:56:09

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Further to Steve's #27 comments, according to BBC, various Fenerbahçe executives have now been charged:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14100659

Yobo's transfer looking ever more doubtful...

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