What The Papers Say - 21 June
21/06/2012 by Matthew Gamble
The latest edition of the daily newspaper round-up.
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JOSEPH YOBO is convinced his future will be resolved "soon" - despite Everton FC preparing to recall the 31-year-old defender from Turkey for pre-season training at Finch Farm.
The Nigerian has been on-loan to Fenerbahce for the past two seasons, after negotiations over a permanent deal broke down last summer, and with the Turks refusing to meet Everton's asking price once again the Blues are prepared to call Fenerbahce's bluff and order the player to report to Finch Farm next month.
Fenerbahce have qualified for next season's Champions League and Yobo is clearly enjoying life in the Turkish capital.
"My career has always been on the rise," he said in Lagos yesterday where he is on international duty.
"I've been on loan to Fener where I won the Cup. Fener are a big club with big ambition and I'm happy to have played for them. My future will be settled soon."
While Everton FC are dissatisified with Fenerbahce's offer of £1m for a player who still has two years of his Everton contract to run, Yobo is on a lucrative contract which Everton can ill-afford to embrace once again, especially as the Nigerian would be behind Phil Jagielka, Sylvain Distin and Johnny Heitinga in the first team pecking order.
Everton and Fenerbahce are likely to come to a compromise over a valuation for Yobo, David Moyes' first signing in 2002, with a fee of £2m likely to secure Yobo's permanent transfer.
An Everton XI, meanwhile, will take on Hereford United at Edgar Street on Saturday, July 28 (3pm kick off) as part of their pre-season schedule.
The new Everton away kit will go on sale this Saturday when the refurbished Everton Two store reopens.
A special day of activities hosted by Radio City DJ Simon Ross gets underway at Everton Two, Liverpool One, from 10.30am, when Rossie will countdown to the official re-opening at 11am.
An Everton legend will also be on hand - including the opportunity to win two 2012/13 Season Tickets.
JUST five months after he left Everton FC for Tottenham, Louis Saha is a free agent - and considering a move to Martin O'Neill's Sunderland.
After just two goals in his last 20 appearances for Everton, Saha made an instant impact upon his arrival at White Hart Lane in January, scoring three goals in his first two starts for the club.
However, his time at the club ended in controversy as he was criticised by Spurs fans for congratulating Chelsea on Twitter for defeating Bayern Munich in the Champions League final, a result which saw Chelsea secure Champions League football at Tottenham's expense.
The 33-year-old is now a free agent after his short-term contract at White Hart Lane expired.
Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is keen to bolster his attacking options after Nicklas Bendtner returned to his parent club Arsenal following a season-long loan on Wearside.
And Saha has confirmed he has not ruled out the possibility of a move to the Stadium of Light, with West Ham also said to be interested in his signature.
"I would consider going to Sunderland," Saha said.
"Anything can happen in the transfer market, though, it's always a tense time. It's all about making the right choices and the nice thing is to have options."
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan this week laughed off a £4m bid from Chelsea for forward Moses, who was a key player in Roberto Martinez's side's remarkable fight to avoid relegation last season.
The Latics are holding out for more than double that amount but, with Moses entering the final 12 months of his contract, are aware they must sell the player this summer or risk losing him for nothing next year.
Martinez has therefore already started earmarking possible replacements with Anichebe featuring prominently on his wanted list.
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Injuries and inconsistent form have restricted 24-year-old Anichebe - who has three years remaining on his present contract - to just 30 starts in the last four seasons, during which he has netted only eight times.
Moyes may be tempted to part with Anichebe as he looks to raise funds to make permanent Steven Pienaar's Goodison return.
Tottenham Hotspur are believed to want around £5m for the South African, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Everton.
Meanwhile, four Everton youngsters have been named in the England Under-19 squad for next month's European Championships.
Ross Barkley, Luke Garbutt, John Lundstram and Hallam Hope head to Estonia next week.