DAVID MOYES continued his squad pruning yesterday as Joseph Yobo finally completed his protracted £2million transfer to Fenerbahce.
Yobo has spent the last two years on loan at the Turkish side, helping them win the domestic cup last season and the league the previous campaign.
The 31-year-old, who was Moyes’s first major signing as Everton manager back in 2002, had returned to Finch Farm as negotiations between the two clubs reached a standstill.
But a further round of talks has seen Yobo finally complete the move and free up some of the club’s wage budget.
“I am the happiest man in the world now,” said the centre-back yesterday. “I want to thank all my fans, friends and family who have stayed behind me, and I promise to raise the flag higher every day.”
Meanwhile, Leon Osman is urging Everton’s fans to show their support for Tony Hibbert in his testimonial tomorrow night.
Hibbert’s 11 years of first-team service will be marked with a benefit match against AEK Athens on at Goodison.
The game will also act as a further indication of how Everton are progressing in their pre-season programme, with Moyes hoping for a better performance than the one shown in the 2-0 defeat at npower Championship side Blackpool on Sunday.
Osman has played alongside Hibbert at various age levels at the club since the age of 10, with both having gone on to make more than 300 appearances for the club.
And Osman said: “Tony is a cracking player, he deserves all the plaudits he gets and really deserves his testimonial.
“Hopefully the crowds will come out and show their appreciation and make it a terrific night for him.
“The special part will be walking out at the beginning and seeing the fans who have come to salute and wave, as once the game starts he will be back to his usual self.
“It is an important game for us with our fitness levels ahead of the start of the season but before, and certainly afterwards, he should reap the rewards he deserves.”