The Daily Mirror reports that Everton could yet still sell Joseph Yobo to Turkish champions Fenerbahce. The report suggests Fenerbahce have been back in contact and talks have resumed.
Yobo had an excellent season for Fenerbahce last year, winning the fans’ acclaim and scoring the league-winning goal in a 4-3 victory over Sivasspor. A deal had been expected to go through much earlier in the summer but hit a snag when Fenerbahce were embroiled in a match-fixing scandal.
During the fall-out of that scandal, the Turkish Football Federation banning the side from bringing in any new signings. Though this ban has not been lifted, rumour has it it will be with no ban yet in place to prevent the side competing in the Champions League.
Yobo this week returned to Everton’s Finch Farm training ground, but only to gather his things before leaving for Nigeria. Unlike returning striker Yakubu who has featured in most of Everton’s pre-season games, Yobo is not in David Moyes’ plans.
If Everton can complete this deal, it would give David Moyes the perfect unexpected bonus with time left in the transfer window to reinvest the probable £2m transfer fee. Though Everton would prefer closer to £4m, they will take what they can get for the player.
Though £2m is hardly likely bring in the sort of quality player Moyes would naturally seek, it can be used to meet the wage demands of any potential loan signing such as Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge who has been linked with Everton in recent weeks.
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