Former Everton defender Joseph Yobo set to join Norwich City on loan

Joseph Yobo (left) in action for Everton against then-Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones in 2009. Picture: Owen Humphreys Joseph Yobo (left) in action for Everton against then-Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones in 2009. Picture: Owen Humphreys

Thursday, January 30, 2014
12:25 PM

Former Everton centre-back Joseph Yobo looks set to join Norwich City on a loan deal through until then end of the season.

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South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, left, hands the trophy to Nigeria's team captain Joseph Yobo after they defeated Burkina Faso in the final to win the African Cup of Nations soccer tournament at the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Armando Franca) South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, left, hands the trophy to Nigeria's team captain Joseph Yobo after they defeated Burkina Faso in the final to win the African Cup of Nations soccer tournament at the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

The Canaries have confirmed they are in talks with the 33-year-old Nigerian in a statement on the club’s official website.

“City can confirm we are in talks with Turkish club Fenerbahce regarding a deal to bring experienced Nigerian international central defender Joseph Yobo to Carrow Road on loan until the end of the season,” the statement says.

“Yobo, 33, played for Standard Liege, Marseille, Tenerife and Everton before joining Fenerbahce in August 2010. Initially joining Everton on loan from Marseille, he made a total of 258 appearances in all competitions for the Toffees and scored ten goals.”

Yobo has played 95 times for Nigeria, scoring seven goals and captained his country to glory in the African Nations Cup last year.

Robbie Keane of Tottenham (right) tries to get away from Everton's Joseph Yobo during a Premiership match at Spurs' White Hart Lane ground in London.Robbie Keane of Tottenham (right) tries to get away from Everton's Joseph Yobo during a Premiership match at Spurs' White Hart Lane ground in London.

Manager Chris Hughton is expected to reveal more about the deal this afternoon when he speaks at his usual pre-match press conference at Colney, ahead of Saturday’s trip to Cardiff City.

The City boss confirmed earlier this week that Michael Turner will be missing for “a number of weeks” with a hamstring injury and Dani Ayala has also been allowed to join Middlesbrough permanently, leaving Hughton with just Russell Martin as recognised cover for Sebastien Bassong and Ryan Bennett.

That pairing has just kept two successive clean sheets but it looks like Yobo could bring some experienced cover as Hughton looks to keep City solid at the back.

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43 comments

  • kevin, I wonder, like you, whether dropping Bennett would be right. Perhaps better to give Bassong a `rest` just now? Anyway, if Yobo does come, he`lll need to settle in before we disturb the Back 4?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Lobbo - Elmander is on loan from Galatasaray.

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    soulwaxer

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • I suppose this means poor Benno will be dropped again!

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    kevin

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • City Connection: Yobo's beautiful wife (Former Miss Nigeria) is John Fashanu's step-daughter

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    TheProf

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • "Set to join"? Has he joined or not? If he has, give him a chance. Plenty of 30 something CBs have earned their corn in their twilight years.....John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Jamie Carragher and Duncan Forbes, to name but one.

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    User Removed

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Roll up Roll up! Drop your 'over the hill players' off at Carrow Road and get them off your expenses. Experience a must. Form and fitness irrelevant! Stay tuned for further offers from 'The Bargain Basement' aka Norwich FC.

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    john doe

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Fret not, goldie, it`s what we`ve got. As long as we don`t get relegated, we should be happy? No ambition there, but life goes on.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Well that`s sticking a finger in the hole at least. Where does that leave us on the permitted number of loan players? I thought we were only permitted two and we already have Elmander and Gutierrez. Or don`t overseas registered players `count`? Or is Elmander leaving? At least we`ve got some CB cover. No outright purchases on the agenda, then.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Here we go again, plenty of media talk about us showing an interest in decent centre backs then all we land is one who was perhaps good a few years back and is now looking for a final pay day pension. If a Turkish side are prepared to let him out on loan what does that tell us I wonder. Perhaps we should ask Dion if he wants to come out of retirement, or even Andy Linaghan.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Looks like a shrewd bit of business - Yobo certainly has plenty of top level experience. As long as he is physically in good condition he could be very useful. Dion Dublin was playing for us until he was 39, so Yobo could still have a few miles left on the clock !

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Ta 'soulwaxer'.

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Reminds me a little of QPR signing Christopher Samba on loan in Jan last year, lets hope this works out better. Yobo was always consistent and solid for Everton, but I don't think he will do much to help our totally non existent goal threat.

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    Burglecut

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Wow.Didnt see that one coming,Yobo has not been mentioned at all.That's Norwich playing their cards very close to the chest.A tad old at 33 but as a stop gap for the rest of the season it does make sense

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    Trevor Sadd

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Oh, wivenhoe. Now I`m depressed again. Helveg! Passed the ball without looking and then moaned at his team mates. Idle git. Please no, not another Helveg. Loan signing of players in their dotage is a strong indicator of decline. Your shot now, McNally.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Reading the previous posts I now have no idea if this loan is good or bad, think I should change my ID to confused.

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    goldie

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Good as far as it goes and we do need someone to bolster our central defence. But it doesn't answer the vital factor: where are our goals going to come from? We haven't got a midfield andor a playmaker capable of delivering - but will Hughton play anyone who might just give us an edge creatively? For me Howson is the best option. However if we cannot get him fit then that remains just a tantalising view of what could have been! And because they are starved of service, the jury is still out as to whether any of our front men, with the exception of Hooper, are good enough at this level.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Probably giving her more than that Steely Dan.

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    waclor

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Yobo is a winner who has had a great career so far,his experience and proven ability could bring allot to the team. I consider this to be a great loan signing, well done Chris.

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    Hello Neil

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Makes you wonder whether the board are keeping the transfer kitty away from CH in case he squanders it. Saving it for the summer and praying we stay up perhaps? Can't say I'm overwhelmed by this signing, it doesn't look as if he's played much at all for nearly 2 years.

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    richard1

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Putney, lots of ifs and whens in your post. I agree with what you're saying but we need things to happen quite soon - our season effectively ends at Easter.

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    richard1

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Good picture in the papers of "Camilla" having a game of darts with NCFC flights in the darts!

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    tom the taxi

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • TK, Wiki has Yobo at 6` 2" but what`s an inch between friends? What is encouraging is that The Board hasn`t let Chrissy loose with any real money. So, if we somehow survive, next season could be a new dawn. Hopefully without that stultifying troupe of time-servers.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • This seems very desparate. We sell Ayala for peanuts, who has been getting rave reviews and has a good career ahead of him, and consider bringing in a player lacking match fitness and games played this season and the wrong side of 30, on an expensive contract. So much for plan B it seems Hughton is on plan Z.

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    Rob

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • International defender catainnof his country cannot be bad well done

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    johnty

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Also... digging back in the memory banks for this one, but isn't Yobo the player who Norwich fans were (wrongly) accused of racially abusing a few years back. I seem to remember a story appearing on the Everton website and then disappearing when they realised the allegations were baseless (Norwich fans were actually singing "you fat b******" at Rooney), but no apology was ever made.

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    soulwaxer

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Great---33 years old & played a handfull of games in the last couple of seasons----say no more.

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    superfan59

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • I give every player full support when he puts on the shirt and certainly was not one of those booing last Tuesday, however, I am simply unhappy about our ability to actually sign players that would really enhance our team.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Like others I'm concerned at this fella's age & game time. Smacks of desperation a little. I assume the Ciani deal is off. As far as more 'experienced' players go, he could turn out to be either another Dublin, or alternatively, another Hartson! Let's hope it's the former....

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    Smudger75

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Talking of ID ,African footballers tend to be a lot older than the quoted age. Yobo might well be hitting 40. If he's dating Fashanu's daughter I would imagine he is giving her 20 years or so.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Desperation stakes, a 33 year old centre back is not a priority, Hooton still seems unable to take it on board that our priority is a decent goalscorer as Woewinkle looks completely out of his depth in the Premiership, personally I think he would struggle to get a game with any decent Championship side. Bassong has it spot on, if we concede the best we can achieve is a draw as we havnt got the ability to score two goals, wake up Hooton and admit where our biggest weakness is !!! and have the grace to address it.Surely McNally recognises that we desperately need a striker.

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    Essex yellow

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Thanks, soulwaxer. I sort of half thought that! I looked at Yobo`s Wiki entry and his loans from Everton to Fenerbahce seemed to count as quasi-transfers too. He has a lot of experience and, as long as he`s fit and motivated, he should do a decent job. Looks like Hoots does not have `real` transfer money (or willing targets) available at the moment. Fair enough in the circumstances. I understand Lucioperca`s doubts though. Dear old Dubai is as brightly optimistic as ever. Don`t ya just have ta love him!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Brew, to go back to one of your ealier posts: The one thing guaranteed to disturb our back four is anyone running at them with pace...

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    el dingo

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Isn't Elmander on loan from Fenerbahce .

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • could be good,but he wont be match fit for a while.good cover but first choice ?. Wasnt Thomas Helveg captain of his country too?. Now lets see if the supply line can be improved, our strikers are only as good as the ammunition they get.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Let's hope his experience helps somewhere along the line. But he's gonna have to be quick enough to deal with the PL demands... Still, if you're really experienced you know where to stand and so maybe don't have to run around so much.

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • The priority is not a striker. The lack of goals is due to the slowness of the build up and the lack of decent through ball. Now that Fer has decided he does not want to try hard and Howson is injured, the team looks doomed. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

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    Indiabill

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Not exactly what we need, but at least he's cover. For those criticising the strikers or lack of signing strikers, I said at the beginning of the season there is no point in buying strikers with Hughton's style of play, because there is nobody in the squad who can get the ball to them. Nothing has changed, whether we play 4-4-2, 4-4-1-1, 4-5-1 or 2-3-5. Cor, remember those days? They were fun!

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    jigs69

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Nice one Waclor - I was hoping someone would suggest that. Taribo West who played for Derby was reputed to be several years older than was thought.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • MB - international loans don't count towards the maximum number of loans, as they are registered as a short-term transfer or something. So Elmander and Yobo aren't "on loan" in the eyes of the FA. Gutierrez is though.

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    soulwaxer

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Seems to me that CH and the board wanted to bring in some experienced people in this window and so loans are a good option. Obviously this isn't intended as one for the long term but could be exactly what's needed at the back in the short term. He's the captain of his national team and often signings like this are as much for what they bring off the pitch in training as they are about what they can bring on the pitch. If howson and tettey get fit again soon and Fer comes back into some form (that we all know he's capable of) our midfield (now with JG) could start to look much more penetrative than it has for the past couple of months. When we stay up, in the summer we'll bring in permanent 'young and hungry' players, I hope...

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    PutneyCanary

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Slow, slow, slow and slow.

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    CanaryWest

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Bidding for Glenn Whelan yesterday smacked of desperation. And so does bringing in a 33yr old CB who is gonna need a few weeks to get back to Prem fitness. Would prefer us to pursue the Ciani option, the guy looks a complete monster.

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    Lucioperca

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Given he is only 6ft 1inch tall and right footed, perhaps he is being seen as a replacement right back then Martin could switch to centre back. What we actually needed was a left footed centre back a minimum of 6ft 3inches tall.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

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