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Yobo to sign new Everton deal

Joseph Yobo has confirmed he will sign his new Everton contract by the end of the week.

The four-year deal has been on the table for 12 months, giving rise to speculation the Nigerian defender could be a summer transfer target for Premiership rivals with Arsenal believed to be interested.

But although Everton have signed defender Joleon Lescott from Wolves and persuaded veteran David Weir to sign a one-year extension, they will now end any doubts about Yobo's future.

Yobo told the Daily Post: 'I can confirm I am going to sign a new contract with Everton.

'I just did not want to rush into anything, but I had made up my mind to stay long before the end of last season.

'The delay wasn't about money, I just wanted certain commitments from the club. Everton are a big club and we should reasonably be challenging for a place in Europe every season.

'I see now the club also share those ambitions and some quality players are coming in.'

The Toffees returned to training yesterday and are set to travel to the West Country for their pre-season training camp.