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Jo completes Everton loan switch

Moyes delighted to finally sign Jo

Everton have signed Manchester City's Brazilian striker Jo on loan for the rest of the season.

The 21-year old arrived at Eastlands from CSKA Moscow in July 2008 for an undisclosed fee that could rise to 18m but has failed to settle at Eastlands.

He has scored three goals in 18 games for City but has not started a Premier League game since 20 October.

Injuries have left Everton short of strikers, forcing midfielder Tim Cahill to play up front in recent weeks.

Ayegbeni Yakubu, Louis Saha and James Vaughan are all still sidelined and, despite Jo's recent lack of goals, Everton boss David Moyes still sees him as the right man to bolster his depleted attacking options.

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"We will try and help Jo get his confidence back. Then hopefully we will be able to get something out of him," Moyes said.

"He has a lot of good things going for him. He is young and will continue to improve.

"It sometimes takes time for someone from another country to adapt.

"Is he finding the Premier League too quick and too strong for him? I am not sure yet but hopefully I will find out in the next six months."

The 6ft 3in forward, whose full name is Joao Alves de Assis Silva, scored 44 goals in 77 games for CSKA Moscow.

But he has struggled to adjust to the Premier League and has not found the net in any competition since scoring in City's 6-0 rout against Portsmouth on 21 September.

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see also
Moyes delighted to finally sign Jo
03 Feb 09 |  Football
Everton's Yakubu out for season
30 Nov 08 |  Everton
Man City warned over striker Jo
12 Aug 08 |  Man City
Man City complete record Jo deal
03 Jul 08 |  Man City


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