Fenerbahçe seal Yobo deal


The summer-long Joseph Yobo transfer saga is over after Fenerbahçe finally completed the signing of the Nigerian defender on a three-year contract.

The two clubs have wrangled over the deal for most of the close season but reached a deal yesterday, believed to be worth £2m, paving the way for the defender to tie up personal terms this weekend.

Yobo's move brings a ten-year spell at Everton to a close, although the 31-year-old has spent two years in Turkey already on loan.

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Seamus Murphy
767 Posted 04/08/2012 at 16:26:28
Praise the lord
Mark Tanton
769 Posted 04/08/2012 at 16:38:58
All the best Yobo, I'm not sure you've been the problem in this transfer - you've probably wanted it sorting too. Good luck in Turkey.
Niall Hussey
771 Posted 04/08/2012 at 17:05:17
Phew! Can we please start being optimistic going into a season now (for once) ? Surely at least 1 loan signing imminent also before the big kick-off, most likely 2. Please be a right-sided midfielder & another forward! Hopefully Seamie's been getting drilled in tackling pre-season in preparation for a slot at right back, also.

Mark Lennon
781 Posted 04/08/2012 at 18:16:45
Good luck, Joey. Hopefully an exciting week for us regarding transfer activity now!
Mike Gaynes
787 Posted 04/08/2012 at 18:36:05
Niall, Coleman's an excellent tackler. His problems as a defender are positioning and man-marking... at least they have been in the past when I've seen him.

But I agree, we need one more accomplished forward on loan until Naismith is fully fit.

Duncan McDine
793 Posted 04/08/2012 at 19:42:58
Can't believe he's been on the books for ten years! I wish him luck seeing out his career in Turkey. I'd love to see Coleman given a chance at RB as mentioned but think Moyes will be too cowardly at the thought of two attacking full backs. Fair play to Hibbo with his form though.

Looking forward to a decent start for once.... COYB

Trevor Powell
808 Posted 04/08/2012 at 23:15:37
At last, good for all concerned but please no more loan deals with this dishonourableTurkish club.
Steve Smith
810 Posted 04/08/2012 at 23:54:06
Wouldn't be surprised if the cheque bounced.
Mark Riding
811 Posted 04/08/2012 at 23:58:39
I would like to see a photo of him, wearing their new seasons kit, in their ground, signing a contract with a sharpie permanant marker, getting a 'Fernabahçe for life' badge tatooed on his arm! Then, I may start to believe...
Mark Riding
813 Posted 05/08/2012 at 00:14:53
It's not on the official site, it's only in the media / wiki – just felt I had to explain my cynicism for the above!
Kase Chow
820 Posted 05/08/2012 at 01:28:02
Mick Davies
826 Posted 05/08/2012 at 03:50:18
Have they found Shergar?
Matt Traynor
835 Posted 05/08/2012 at 08:48:46
Niall #771, not sure what you mean by your comment about pre-season optimism. It probably is yet to break out, but if recent seasons are anything to go by there will be a huge outpouring of optimism, which will drive a few cynical old salts away from the site for a few days, only to return after we lose our first home match.

A couple of seasons ago TW was in danger of being labelled a positive forum, many on here (me included) thought we were an outside bet for a top 4 challenge. Some loons even shouted "title!"

Now, for me personally, a decent start is all I want.

Kieran Fitzgerald
836 Posted 05/08/2012 at 08:53:33
Matt, a decent start is right. At the moment, the summer has gone the way I would have wanted it. No injuries, no players stirring it, no players leaving that I would prefer to see stay, nothing reported about the banks pressing to foreclose, no tiring and expensive long distance flights for preseason games.

Two weeks tomorrow and if things remain this quiet I'll be happy. Although, if the Yobo cash was available, and if could get rid of Anichibe, at least one new player in that would add to the squad would give me an extra lift.

Denis Richardson
847 Posted 05/08/2012 at 10:05:41
Kieran, sorry to spoil the mood but a lot can happen in the next 3 weeks. Until the transfer window closes, we won't know if the banks want to have more cash back. Just remember the emails that were made public last year and the last minute sale of Arteta...

All quiet at the moment, but 3.5 weeks still to go until we know that Baines, Fellaini, Heitinga etc, will definitely be here for the season. I think the only way this will happen is that we've somehow managed to borrow against the increased future Sky money.

Matt Traynor
848 Posted 05/08/2012 at 10:20:18
Denis, you are of course right. The real transfer merry-go-round is yet to start. Only Chelsea have been busy (which bodes well for keeping Fellaini).

If you've been following the other thread, our members of the Flat Earth Society will be quick to point out that Arteta asked to leave though, and it wasn't at all to appease the banks.

Eric Myles
860 Posted 05/08/2012 at 12:17:55
As the accounts will have already been prepared, Dennis, the Club already know if they need to pay back the banks but according to one of our accountant members we have £24 million in debt falling due this year which needs repaying, or refinancing.
Ryan Holroyd
861 Posted 05/08/2012 at 12:48:15
The difference this year is we aren't under pressure to sell. If anyone goes, it will be of the manager's choice.
Richard Dodd
867 Posted 05/08/2012 at 14:08:37
Don`t be surprised if we start the season without both Big Vic and Heitinga! I hear replacements – albeit on loan – are already lined up but it may well be 1 September before the squad is returned to a full complement.
Mike Powell
919 Posted 05/08/2012 at 18:56:19

I hope you're right about Vic...

And as for the Turks, we should never do any dealings with them again.
Jem Traynor
980 Posted 06/08/2012 at 10:05:58
I've just noticed that Sky are reporting it as a done deal, about time too. I would advise everyone but the RS to not do business with that lot.

Oh well it's done and there is some cash to spend on loans maybe permanent signings... isn't there?
Shane Corcoran
985 Posted 06/08/2012 at 11:15:08
Care to elaborate, Richard?

Jem, my query is why the OS haven't confirmed it as it's been a couple of days (?) since it was reported on ToffeeWeb (or they source they got it from).
Mark Riding
014 Posted 06/08/2012 at 14:20:12
I maybe seeing things...

But its now on the official site as a done deal !!!!!

Mark Riding
017 Posted 06/08/2012 at 14:27:29
Un-disclosed fee.. Love it.
Shane Corcoran
019 Posted 06/08/2012 at 14:59:23
That's that. So 25 days of quiet now would be nice cos I can't see any more incomings.
Paul Ferry
035 Posted 06/08/2012 at 16:17:06
Another 'undisclosed', I see and I can imagine that cheque bouncing all along the blue Mediterranean.

It must be getting close to the big kick-off as there is more drivel pouring out of 'The Freshy'. Gotta love these little inside tip-offs, not least from someone who, if memory serves, turned his back on the last window because it was uncomfortably full of inside tip-offs and wild and gormless speculation.

Can't wait for 18 August.
Drew O'Neall
139 Posted 07/08/2012 at 08:50:51
I have my suspicions Everton intentionally delayed this transfer until after the Spurs Pienaar deal was done and all this Fenerbace not meeting our price was a smokescreen.

It would weaken our position with Spurs if we had ready money.

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