Yobo targets Everton exit

Joseph Yobo, Everton’s Nigeria defender who has spent the last two seasons on loan in Turkey with Fenerbahce, is confident his future will be clarified soon as he targets a permanent move away from Goodison Park, the Liverpool Echo has reported.

Yobo moved to Everton in 2002 as David Moyes’ first signing, originally on loan from French side Marseille. The arrangement was made permanent a year later but Yobo slipped down the pecking order after the arrival and emergence of Phil Jagielka, Sylvain Distin and John Heitinga. A year ago, however, Fener declined to meet Everton’s asking price to sign Yobo permanently, and the same situation has thus far arisen this summer, with Everton rejecting the Turkish side’s offer of £1m for the 31-year-old, who still has two years on his Toffees deal.

However, Yobo’s contract is a well-paying one and Everton would be reluctant to have such a high-earner on their books when he would start the season as Moyes’ fourth-choice centre-back.

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