Everton have confirmed they are in discussions with Fenerbahce regarding a transfer of Joseph Yobo to the Turkish club.
The 31-year-old has spent the last two seasons on loan with the Super Lig side, helping them to the title in his first season.
Yobo made 42 appearances for Fenerbahce last season as they finished second in the table.
He expressed sadness earlier in the summer that a permanent transfer had not been finalised, but it looks like a deal is now not too far away.
Yobo was David Moyes' first signing when he joined Everton in 2002 from Marseille and has made 220 league appearances for the Toffees.
He became the first African player to captain the Toffees, when in 2007 he led the team out in their 2007 UEFA Cup Group A tie against Larissa at Goodison Park.
However with Sylvain Distin, Phil Jagielka and John Heitinga ahead of the Nigerian international, Yobo left for first-team football in August 2010.
After an initial year at Fenerbahce, Yobo returned to Merseyside before going back to Turkey for a second season-long loan.