BILL KENWRIGHT has told Turkish newspapers that a deal to transfer Joseph Yobo from Everton to Fenebahce could be completed “in a few days.”
The defender, on loan at the Turkish champions, cut short his holidays in Nigeria to return to Merseyside and meet Blues officials in a bid to speed up a permanent switch.
Talks lasted two days.
The sticking point is still both clubs’ respective valuations of the 30-year-old.
Everton believed they had a contractual agreement guaranteeing £6m for the Nigerian skipper should Fenerbahce want to complete a long term move.
But the Turks have offered just £3m.
Blues chairman Kenwright, however, is reported to have told Turkish journalists: “I think a result can be achieved in a few days.
“I have had no other bids.”
Yobo was David Moyes’ first signing for the Blues, making 259 appearances.
He moved to Fenerbahce last summer and helped the club to the Turkish title, scoring the goal which clinched the championship in a dramatic last day decider against Sivasspor.
Blues winger Magaye Gueye, meanwhile, is hoping for a chance on centre-stage next season – so he can try to emulate his hero, Zinedine Zidane!
The young Frenchman was used in a wide role by David Moyes last season, but he explained this week that his preferred position is just behind a central striker.
“I can play on the left or on the right and up front – that is not a problem,” he said.
“But my favourite position is probably just behind the striker.
“There you get freedom to play all over the pitch.
“You can score goals and help the team but also be creative as well.
“It is also where Zidane played and he is my hero, so I always liked the position.”
Gueye will have plenty of competition for that berth.
Tim Cahill is the club’s most accomplished performer operating behind a striker, while Leon Osman has played there and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov fills that role for his international team, Russia.
Gueye added: “Next season hopefully I can play more games. I think this first year was more about settling in and learning about English football.
“I think I have already got better in my time here.
“I have got more used to the style of play as it is different from France where the football is not as physical. That is the biggest difference I have had to get used to.
“My objective is to come back and have a really good pre-season, get really fit and strong, impress the manager and get into the team for the first game (against Tottenham). I need to get a bit stronger, keep working hard and believe in myself.
“If I am on the pitch then I am happy.
“I like it at Everton and I am here for five years. My aim is to play more games now and improve as a player in the English league.”