Former Everton defender Joseph Yobo set to join Norwich City on loan
12:25 30 January 2014
Former Everton centre-back Joseph Yobo looks set to join Norwich City on a loan deal through until then end of the season.
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.
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.