Canaries’ loanee Joseph Yobo would not rule out a permanent Norwich City stay

Joseph Yobo would be prepared to stay with Norwich City beyond his loan deal. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Joseph Yobo would be prepared to stay with Norwich City beyond his loan deal. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, March 28, 2014
6:30 AM

Norwich City’s on-loan defender Joseph Yobo would be interested in a permanent deal with the Canaries.

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The 33-year-old has impressed since his January arrival from Turkish outfit Fenerbahce, but the Nigerian international is putting his own future on hold to help secure City’s Premier League survival. Yobo has one year left on his existing deal with the Istanbul club and the experienced central defender is not ruling out a return to England.

“You never know. Everything is possible in football. I have enjoyed it here and I feel at home,” he said. “I don’t feel like I have been away too long from my family, who are still in Turkey, and the players have made me feel welcome. The only thing missing is that my family is not here, but I feel settled.

“It is up to Fenerbahce in Turkey. I have a contract with them but you never know what can happen. I am taking one day at a time and will review that situation at the end of the season. I am not getting into that right now. The most important thing is Norwich staying up and pushing up the league and other things will follow from that.”

Yobo could also be part of his country’s World Cup bid this summer with the former Everton defender closing in on 100 caps for the Super Eagles, who he captained to the 2013 African Cup of Nations.

“I had a hamstring strain that forced me to miss the last friendly,” he said. “Since I came to Norwich I have said all along the most important thing for me is to help the football club. I am the captain of the national team and that has not changed but of course the World Cup is special for every player.

“I have been to two finals now, I missed out in 2006 because we didn’t qualify, so that is an experience you want again. When it comes to the World Cup the most important thing is to be fit and ready to play a part and then I can make a decision.”

28 comments

  • JT is 33, would you turn down a final season from him?

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    CliffyD

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Considering his Nigerian he could well be in his 40's. Infact to me he doesn't even look like the yobo who was at Everton. then again that could be the curse of the NCFC kit design again. No matter what design we produce it always makes a player look about 2 divisions lower than what quality he really is. Im surprised none of the Gary Doherty fan club hit out at my tongue in cheek comment. Disappointing.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • I think he would be worth retaining, but it depends what happens over the summer. I can see some major changes at Carrow Road come the end of the season..........

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • PS. And well done for resisting the urge to scratch away at the second sentence of my last post.

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    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Neither, Gek. It was Marjorie Proust, the well-known agony aunt.

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    User Removed

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Hope your 2-1 prediction pays off and then pays out today, Gek. Then you can buy the first round on Tuesday and we won't need to go Dutch as we embark on our "Search of Lost Fun". Proust, Blaff.

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    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Course he'd consider it! A move in the twilight of his career on solid premier league wages to a premier league club (hopefully!). Its like doing an article saying "Madbrewer would consider signing for NCFC for just £20,000 a week".

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    Mattias333

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • You are indisputably a Master\Mistress of `No-brainers`, LYB. Respect. I wonder what Yobo`s real age is.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Je vriend buiten bier, Gek.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Hope your 2-1 prediction pays off and then pays out today, Gek. Then you can buy the first round on Tuesday and we won't need to go Dutch as we embark on our "Search of Lost Fun". Proust, Blaff.

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    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Or Yobo could be only 27, Matt? Allegedly, birth statistics in Africa are indeed unreliable. A bit like Suffolk. I got your Doherty jape. Don`t go all `Pierre` because nobody reacted! Dear old Ginger Pele was once voted Player of the Season (I think). Also, Worthington deployed him as a target man. Better than Elmander. A pair of young Spurs fans I once knew referred to Gary as "Porridge Pants". He was a bit pasty & flabby at the time.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Do we want to sign somebody int he evening of his career? When he's the most competent defender at the club who has made a world of difference... I'd say absolutely yes and would expect a good 2 more years from him at the highest level.

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    HowsonIsNow

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Played well enough so far but cannot see any gain in signing him long term, certainly not worth paying a large transfer fee plus signing on fee out as we would never gst it back afterwards. I would rather see us develop some of the youngsters we already have at the club.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Having lived in Suffolk for a total of around 20 years, I feel I`ve earned the right to have a pop at them; I had to take enough of it. I must admit that the "Billy-Bobbery" in Naarfuk is just as virulent as it is south of the Waveney. I`ve never felt particularly Naarfuk, more just Naaridge City really. I certainly prefer Low Stuff to Gross Yarmaul, too.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Nothing against the guy but he's getting too old to be a top quality defender in the PL. We need a couple of classy defenders who have pace to burn when up against top strikers. That half a yard of pace makes all the difference. It's that time of year when agents are trying to move their guys on anyway. Given he won't get a game back he's club. I'm not surprised he wants a decent PL contract. I heard Holts agent is doing the rounds trying to find him a new club.

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    Oz Canary

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Suffolk birth jokes, Gek? I must admire your balls. I hear the words "pot ketel zwart" echoing at the far end of the A140.

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    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Hope he stays.

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    Thegelman

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Ethered, Gek. Another example of the cunning stunts they employ in Ruin Towers.

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    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • He is a fascinating character and one feels instinctively he is in a class of his own, I agree he most probably has alot more in the tank and would be a great asset to Norwich. I think hes a player that will go on well past the expected time.

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    johnty

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Yobo is good but he's no Gary Doherty ;)

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    Mattias333

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • I`d play for free just to get the chance to sample your Classy Colney Casserole, Matt. That`s if Bunter Becchio hasn`t scoffed the lot! The beast!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Hi, Blaff. My unconscious memory has failed me again. Is that Marcel "creative energies" Proust, or Joseph Louis "law of constant proportions" Proust? I keep a record of my standing bet. this season, returns have been zero. Not even a consolation prize for a linked `last scorer` bet (Fer`s 3rd vs WHU stymied that). In the Lambo season I made almost £150 profit! Last season £55 loss. This season..... :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • There`s nothing in the text to substantiate that headline. Yobo`s OK, but do we want to sign somebody in the evening of his career?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • I think he would be worth retaining, but it depends what happens over the summer. I can see some major changes at Carrow Road come the end of the season..........

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Surely it will depend on weather Hughton is still in charge come the summer transfer window. Say rumours are true, Neil Lennon takes over in the summer, we may be linked with players such as Van Dijk, who's a rising dutch talent. Personally I'd still like to see Hughton in charge and use the summer transfer window to get near completing his own squad and team. In that case I wouldn't mind seeing Yobo at Norwich for another season, lets not forget that Turners contract ends in the summer too, so he may or may not need replacing. Providing we stay in the EPL we could be in for one of our most interesting summers yet.

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    Hello Neil

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • I don't think many would argue Yobo isn't our best central defender as it stands and he brings a massive amount of experience to the table. He doesn't look like a player that is going to fade any time soon in my opinion. If a permanent deal could be secured at a decent price that reflects his age, I lthink it's a no-brainer. As far as changes for the summer are concerned, I'm betting that the transfer budget will be as big as it was last Summer. Just guessing, but I would expect priorities to be another striker (and one out), a quality midfield playmaker, possibly two if Hoolahan still wants to leave and assuming Lambert hasn't found a more attractive option in the Summer, and a right back to mirror Olsson's quality.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • He's a LOT better than Michael Turner and Ryan Bennett. I hope to never see Turner in a Canary uniform again, honestly. Horrendous player.

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    jaemae2 .

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Yobo has shown us that loan signings do care. He cares about his performances, cares about first team football, cares about his form going in to the world cup. All that makes him a first rate professional who has brought spirit and character to NCFC. Agree with MB that the text does not actually reflect he wants to stay at Norwich although I would be happy if he was here next season "to help" the squad. By the way, Yobo may have helped his world cup cause playing for NCFC, seem to recall Hooper thought playing in Prem would help him get noticed. And what about RVW and Ruddy?

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, March 28, 2014

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