>> Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Seems the always smiling Brazilian Jo could back in proper blue this coming season as Manchester City and Everton are on the cusp of announcing a season long loan agreement for the young striker. Jo joined the Toffees during the January transfer window and provided a much needed attacking spark for the club in the second half of the EPL season. At this point the club has only confirmed talks with City about a deal, but Jo is currently in Scotland training with Everton preparing for their trip to Canada and the United States later this month.
There are as yet unconfirmed rumors that the agreement includes an £8 million option for Everton to buy Jo outright at the close of the 09/10 campaign. If true, it's a big discount considering the £18 million paid by City to acquire Jo from CSKA Moscow last year. The move doesn't come as a total surprise considering the absurd number of forwards that Mark Hughes has collected at the Eastlands.
Of course, some Everton supporters are worried this might be the first step in seeing Joleon Lescott move to the Eastlands, but news on that situation has been quiet for a few days. Either way for me, it's good to know the Toffees have another striker to add some much needed depth up front. No matter what, as always, In Moyes I Trust...
...and only 39 days until the season kicks off!