Are Newcastle Really Interested In Everton’s Joseph Yobo?

Some news today from Lancashire, that Everton’s experienced center-back Joseph Yobo may be made available in the summer by his club.

Joseph Yobo – available this summer?

The 68 times capped Nigerian International has had some injuries this season, and has recently found it difficult to get back into Everton’s first team.

And the report suggests that Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle is chasing the Everton defender to reinforce his defense for next season.

The Daily Star Sunday yesterday, claimed that Coyle could face stiff competition from Newcastle United for the defender, but we wonder if there’s any truth in the report.

Yobo is 29 year old so does fit into the profile of players Newcastle want to sign this season, which is 26 year-old or younger, so we can build for the future.

And we already have two experienced center-backs in Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini at the club, not to mention the impressive Mike Williamson whom the club recently acquired from Portsmouth,  and the very promising young  20 year-old Tamas Kadar.

One central defender we have been reported to be interested in is 22 year old Marc Wilson from Portsmouth, who might be a much better long term buy than Yobo, who in fact was a Newcastle target back when Bobby Robson managed the club.

Yobo started his career at Standard Leige in Belgium, in 1998 before moving to Marseilles in 2001.   The Nigerian then joined Evertoin on loan back in 2002 and eventually made his move permanent in 2003, and has appeared 236 times for Everton with 8 goals, and he’s given Everton very good service.

We don’t think Yobo would not be a suitable player for Newcastle to sign this summer, especially when other younger and promising defenders are available.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • ksmit

    Apr 26, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Nope, not interested! Are there any links to highlights from the Ipswich game? I’ve found tons for the Ameobi penalty and the celebrations but haven’t gotten to see the rest of it… anybody?

  • AaranPD

    Apr 26, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #2

    Yobo would be a great signing due to his pace and experience in the top flight. And as we all know Coloccini is not the fastest player in the world and neither is Taylor. Don’t get me wrong though I am all for the bringing in of youth and consolidte for the future however for this season I think we should still look for experience if it is being offered, however I think Yobo’s price tag will be to high. Also Ksmit I have not been able to find anything either 🙁

  • G

    Apr 26, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #3

    I would have had Yobo 2 or 3 years back, but frankly now he seems to spend all of his time in the treatment room. I believe he is on a big contract at Everton and now they want him off the wage bill for obvious reasons. Another one of the stories put about by an agent no doubt.

  • tomlkier

    Apr 26, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Yobo is no better than what we have, I like the sound of Marc Wilson though, much better to get a cheap young squad player from Portsmouth.

  • DJG

    Apr 26, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #5

    Aslong as it’s not a swop with Carroll I couldn’t really care less. Isn’t he a bit past it anyway?

  • DJG

    Apr 26, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Agreed Marc Wilson or Recardo Rocha for me.

  • DJG

    Apr 26, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #7

    ‘Yobo is 29 year old so does fit into the profile of players Newcastle want to sign this season, which is 26 year-old or younger, so we can build for the future.’

    Surely that should be does not?

  • boater

    Apr 26, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #8

    I don’t think Yobo would be a bad move even at 29. He is technically good, clever and a decent passer. Having said that I don’t think he’s what Hughton is looking for.

    Onuoha (?) at city looks the mutt’s to me – and I would be happy to see 6mil spent on getting him onboard.

  • richietoon

    Apr 26, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #9

    Yobo’s past it but just because the main policy is for 26 and under that doesn’t mean we won’t sign any over that age.imo

  • G

    Apr 26, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #10

    @boater – Onuoha is a good shout, but I think he recently signed an improved contract with City, so they appear to know what they have. We could always bang in a cheeky loan request?

  • fongct

    Apr 26, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #11

    Colo and Williamson are quite unproven in PL, even tho they deserve their chance next season

    if we are going to sign a CB, and shift S.Taylor to right back, I will definitely take Yobo…I bet someone might think Sol Campbell didnt suit us too, guess where he is playing his football now, and Wenger wants to expend his contract as well…so if the price, wages and his attitude are right, I will definitely welcome him

    I will welcome Davies from Aston Villa too

    but I never hope for Wilson who is a rubbish cb, if we sign him, I just hope we will use him as a dmc, which he wouldnt get much chance playing

    but ideally I prefer we spend big on right back rather than a centre half

  • Newutd

    Apr 26, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #12

    Rocha – Shite at Spurs and 32 years. No.
    Wilson – hyped for whatever reason. At least the couple of matches I’ve seen with him, he hasn’t been impressing.
    Davies – Chronically injured shoulder. No.
    Yobo – He has been great for Everton in many years, but has been in injured for a while and struggling to make the playing eleven lately. Could be a good buy to the right price. He turns 30 this year though, so not exactly young..

  • scotty00

    Apr 26, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #13

    off the topic, but how much would fc twente/costa rican midfielder bryan ruiz cost?

  • Artemus

    Apr 26, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #14

    “We don’t think Yobo would not be a suitable player for Newcastle to sign this summer” Unintentional double negative there. Agreed that any exception to the age rule should be an exceptional talent or an exceptional deal.

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 26, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #15

    scotty00.. probably cost too much and he’s guaranteed champions league football next season. Pity coz he’s a class act.

  • Harley.

    Apr 26, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #16

    Habib Beye, proven at Newcastle before and doesnt get first team football at villa. Would slot into right back brilliantly.

    Jimmy Bullard, Hull are basically relegated so he could come cheap.
    Jamie O’hara, not wanted by redknapp and would fill the role of creative midfielder.

    Brunt, one of west broms better players but can play in the centre of midfield, left wing or upfront. Would be a brilliant asset but i doubt the baggies up for selling him.

  • darryl burleigh

    Apr 26, 2010 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #17

    metzleders contract is up at real at the end of the season and he will do anything to get out of there. hes pure class, he might be 28/29 but there aint that many players out there who can challenge on the ball like him! i dont think he was ever booked in germany, his tackling is second to none!! it might be a long shot but its worth a punt, spesh if its a freebee

  • Geordie_Pants

    Apr 26, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #18

    Please noooooooooo Injury prone players : STEER WELL CLEAR!!!!

    17darryl burleigh- metzelder would be my dream signing for this summer, however i doubt it due to wage demands!

  • mattyNUFC

    Apr 26, 2010 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #19

    Have you guys seen Marc Wilson actually play? He’s not that great.

    As for Yobo, I’d take him if we don’t sign Hall. If one of the two can either put in 15-20 solid appearances or even prove to be Premeirship quality and ahead of Colo, Kadar, and Tayls, then why not? One of them would end up doing one of the jobs. Kadar will be fine, loan him if he is desperate for first team footy. The most pressing issue is Vuckic

  • Seabass

    Apr 26, 2010 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #20

    I would have had him here gladly 2-3 years ago but not now. 29 years old + atleast 5 since he is african. (Lex Geremi) No 34 year olds please.

  • Spoonman

    Apr 26, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #21

    He would be a decent signing for the right price. Most of the articles here seem to be of the opinion that youth is better in every instance, that all players under 25 can be moulded into top class players. That just isnt the case, Wilson is nothing special.

    Hopefully we sign some experienced players who have shown they are class to help keep us up next season, and Yobo has shown that for years now. Also he is quicker than any centre back we have.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 27, 2010 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #22

    I got a 50/50 about his.

    bad-he is 29, he got at least 2-3 years max and we got policy to buy 26 years and below.

    good- he may come cheap, got lots of premierleague experience, he may not be as good as he was 3-4 seasons ago but he is worth a try.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 27, 2010 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #23

    We don’t think Yobo would not be a suitable player for Newcastle to sign this summer

    Double negatives again !!!


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