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Newcastle United have been linked with a move for Everton's Nigerian defender Joseph Yobo.

Magpies boss Sir Bobby Robson desperately needs to bring in a top class defender following the lightning sale of Jonathan Woodgate to Real Madrid.

Woodgate completed his move at the end of last week, leaving Newcastle with just a matter of days to find a replacement.

Although Chelsea's Robert Huth has been mentioned as a possible recruit, there are now suggestions that attention has turned to Yobo.

The powerful African star has shown his qualities since arriving in England, and would slot in as a direct replacement for Woodgate at the heart of the defence.

Everton are not keen to sell the defender, especially with news that fresh investment in the club alleviates their financial problems