Is Joseph Yobo to Newcastle United a no go?

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### Yobo - Linked with Toon switch, too old for the Magpies transfer plans?

I’ve heard it all at this stage, from Ronaldinho to Newcastle United, and now to Carlos Puyol to the Magpies, but no, there’s more! Steven Taylor has been today linked with a switch to Barcelona. Yes, Barcelona, not Birmingham, the Spanish giants and one of the best teams in the world. Where the media come up with this stuff is unbelievable but that would be the most ridiculous rumour I’ve heard to date. Exactly why I’m not giving it it’s own article.

Anyway, in the last week or so we’ve been linked with Everton’s Joseph Yobo. The Nigerian defender has slightly fallen out of favour with David Moyes back four and he could well make the move from Goodison Park this summer. The question is, are Newcastle United interested in him?

I’m torn on this matter because I can’t see Joseph Yobo arriving on Tyneside yet at the same time he’s someone that could do a job for Newcastle United. However, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Tamas Kadar and Fitz Hall are all pushing for first team spots.

On top of this, Yobo is 29 and some say his best days are behind him. Would the Nigerian really fit into our transfer plans of buying young talent for decent prices and developing them into full grown players?

You tell me!

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not telling you :P: ⏱ 27/04/2010

i believe he could be a good signing depending on how injury prone he is

LambethMag: ⏱ 27/04/2010

Good player on his day. Not really what we require at the moment, and the money we would need to spend could and should be spent on a younger version. Maybe Curtis Davis.

JMan: ⏱ 27/04/2010

Curtis Davies would be a great signing but would cost a lot of money. Villa paid £10m for him not long ago. I think Yobo is very under rated and would be a good signing, especially on a free transfer. He's got pace, an attribute none of our current center backs possess. I know a lot of fans won't agree with me but I wouldn't mind us going for Sol Campbell.

Neil: ⏱ 27/04/2010

Yobo, if I'm not mistaken, is primarily a centre half but has occasionally filled in at right back. With Coloccini, Taylor, Williamson and Kadar (and possibly Hall if his loan deal is made permanent), I think we already have enough cover at centre half. However, we are desperately short of cover for both full back positions. Simpson will struggle next season, so I'd make a new right back an absolute priority signing. Plus we also need someone to fill in at left back during any injuries / suspensions to Enrique. Since our transfer budget is likely to be limited, I don't think we can afford to sign an albeit good player that isn't really needed, since that would inevitably be at the expense of another signing that is specifically needed.

Dan: ⏱ 27/04/2010

Coloccini etc are not fit to lick Yobo's boots clean.

not telling you :P: ⏱ 27/04/2010

i believe he could be a good signing depending on how injury prone he is

LambethMag: ⏱ 27/04/2010

Good player on his day. Not really what we require at the moment, and the money we would need to spend could and should be spent on a younger version. Maybe Curtis Davis.

JMan: ⏱ 27/04/2010

Curtis Davies would be a great signing but would cost a lot of money. Villa paid £10m for him not long ago. I think Yobo is very under rated and would be a good signing, especially on a free transfer. He's got pace, an attribute none of our current center backs possess. I know a lot of fans won't agree with me but I wouldn't mind us going for Sol Campbell.

efc lad: ⏱ 27/04/2010

To - *JMan* just to let you know it wouldn't be on a free Yobo signed a four year deal not long ago, I dont know Weather Newcastle would want yobo but i'd imagine if a offer was made then Everton would want Steven Taylor as Part of it Seeing as How we've been linked with him every Transfer Window for about three years

Neil: ⏱ 27/04/2010

Yobo, if I'm not mistaken, is primarily a centre half but has occasionally filled in at right back. With Coloccini, Taylor, Williamson and Kadar (and possibly Hall if his loan deal is made permanent), I think we already have enough cover at centre half. However, we are desperately short of cover for both full back positions. Simpson will struggle next season, so I'd make a new right back an absolute priority signing. Plus we also need someone to fill in at left back during any injuries / suspensions to Enrique. Since our transfer budget is likely to be limited, I don't think we can afford to sign an albeit good player that isn't really needed, since that would inevitably be at the expense of another signing that is specifically needed.

Dan: ⏱ 27/04/2010

Coloccini etc are not fit to lick Yobo's boots clean.

efc lad: ⏱ 28/04/2010

To - *JMan* just to let you know it wouldn't be on a free Yobo signed a four year deal not long ago, I dont know Weather Newcastle would want yobo but i'd imagine if a offer was made then Everton would want Steven Taylor as Part of it Seeing as How we've been linked with him every Transfer Window for about three years

Toon_Army: ⏱ 28/04/2010

Yobo would be an excellent signing. I would much rather have him than Hall in the squad. He's proven premiership quality, and 29 is not a bad age for a centre half. Onhouha would be a good signing too in my opinion, still on 23....excellent resale value. Upfront, what do people think about Carlton Cole? He hasn't been mentioned with us, but at 26, with 15 odd goals this season...he'd definitely consolidate our first season in Prem. I think the stronger and more physical, we are, the better. Enough with being linked with creative players...get a scrappy defensive mid in, because I don't think Alan Smith can do the job. I like the look of Fabrice Muamba....here's to living in Cuckoo Land

Toon_Army: ⏱ 28/04/2010

Yobo would be an excellent signing. I would much rather have him than Hall in the squad. He's proven premiership quality, and 29 is not a bad age for a centre half. Onhouha would be a good signing too in my opinion, still on 23....excellent resale value. Upfront, what do people think about Carlton Cole? He hasn't been mentioned with us, but at 26, with 15 odd goals this season...he'd definitely consolidate our first season in Prem. I think the stronger and more physical, we are, the better. Enough with being linked with creative players...get a scrappy defensive mid in, because I don't think Alan Smith can do the job. I like the look of Fabrice Muamba....here's to living in Cuckoo Land

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sirjasontoon: ⏱ 28/04/2010

Curtis Davis...are you fookin Mad...he is another sicknote.

sirjasontoon: ⏱ 28/04/2010

Curtis Davis...are you fookin Mad...he is another sicknote.

John: ⏱ 28/04/2010

Everton supporter here. Yobo did sign a four year contract last season and he is quite a high earner. So I can't see it happening to be honest. He would want Newcastle to match his salary at Everton, or at least come near to it. Plus there would be a transfer fee involved (probably £4m or so). I suppose it depends whether you think Yobo would be worth spending something like £10m (wages over 4 seasons and transfer fee). My opinion is that he is good and a few years ago one of our better players. But he can be a bit accident prone and has lately become one of those players that the fans like to have a go at (along with Hibbert and Osman). Congratulations on walking the Championship!!

John: ⏱ 28/04/2010

Everton supporter here. Yobo did sign a four year contract last season and he is quite a high earner. So I can't see it happening to be honest. He would want Newcastle to match his salary at Everton, or at least come near to it. Plus there would be a transfer fee involved (probably £4m or so). I suppose it depends whether you think Yobo would be worth spending something like £10m (wages over 4 seasons and transfer fee). My opinion is that he is good and a few years ago one of our better players. But he can be a bit accident prone and has lately become one of those players that the fans like to have a go at (along with Hibbert and Osman). Congratulations on walking the Championship!!

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