Belfast Telegraph

Yobo signs permanent deal at Fenerbahce

Everton defender Joseph Yobo has completed a permanent move to Fenerbahce for an undisclosed fee.

The 31-year-old Nigerian, who has spent the last two seasons on loan at the Turkish club, has singed a three-year deal.

Yobo told the Toffees' official website, "I would love to thank Everton and the management of Fenerbahce for reaching a deal."

He added: "My family have settled well in Turkey and enjoy the life there, so I'm glad they will be re-uniting with friends here.

"The permanent switch is done and I am also switching to help the team do well on the pitch.

"It's been a long journey into achieving this dream and now is the time to pay the club and fans back with a great performance."

Nigeria international Yobo joined Everton from French club Marseille, initially on loan, in July 2002 as manager David Moyes' first signing, making a permanent £3.5million switch the following summer.

He made more than 250 appearances for the club, the last of them in a 0-0 Barclays Premier League draw at Stoke in May 2010.

His contract at Goodison Park was due to run until the summer of 2014.

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