Fenerbahce set to sign Nigeria captain Yobo

Posted on Jun 25 2012 - 11:15pm by Scoop Hunter

Turkey side Fenerbahce are set to sign Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo on a permanent deal following an improved offer of £2m to English Premier League team Everton.

Fenerbahce’s initial offer of £1.5m was rejected by Everton, but it is believed they will now accept £2m for the central defender.

Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo

Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo

Everton manager David Moyes has deemed Yobo surplus to requirements at Goodison Park and he is keen to offload the defender in July. The Nigeria defender has been on loan with the Istanbul giants for the past two seasons and has earned himself regular first-team place.

The experienced centre back has settled into life in Turkey and recently told reporters in Istanbul, “I am very happy in Turkey and at Fenerbahçe as is my family. I feel at home here, hopefully an agreement will be reached and I can continue playing at the club.”

It was learnt Fenerbahe are also facing competition from English Championship outfit Leicester City for the Nigeria star, according to the English newspaper, The Sun.

And across to Portsmouth Nigeria’s ex-international Kanu Nwankwo has been called back by the team as they continue to look for a solution to his contract and huge wage bill to the former Premiership side.

Michael Appleton has told Tal Ben Haim and Kanu he wants them back for pre-season training. But the Pompey manager is still to decide what part the controversial duo will play in proceedings. The Blues squad are scheduled to return on July 5 for two days of tests, followed by the start of full training on Monday, July 9.

All those contracted to the club will be included, irrespective of whether they are up for sale, in a bid to cut the wage bill. Among them will be Ben Haim and Kanu, who have been criticised for their stance over compromise agreements.

Veteran striker Kanu, who has not played a match since October 2011, wants £300,000 to walk away from the final year of his contract. Ben Haim is demanding the full £2m his existing deal is worth in wages to leave Fratton Park.

The pair’s approach could yet cost the club an owner, with Portpin and the Pompey Supporters’ Trust adamant they cannot take the club on with its existing £9.5m wage bill. Appleton made it clear last season they were not part of his plans and wanted them out. And he is mulling over the extent of their involvement should they remain.

He said, “Tal and Kanu will be expected to return with the rest of the squad for pre-season. They will come in and train just like everybody else. Whether that is with the first team is a different question. I will deal with the situation when I have got them in the building, it’s best that way.