DAVID MOYES is poised to strengthen his striking resources today with the signing of Manchester City striker Jo.
The Goodison outfit have agreed a deal with City to take the 21-year-old Brazilian on loan until the end of the season.
Jo requires a new work permit as he is moving employers inside England, but Everton expect the application to go through before the 5pm transfer deadline.
Moyes has been a long-time admirer of Jo, who has struggled to find form since joining City in the summer from CSKA Moscow for £19million.
Jo has only scored three times, and two of those came in the UEFA Cup against Omonia Nicosia. His most recent appearance for City came in the FA Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest on January 3, meaning the striker is cup-tied for the remainder of the competition.
Moyes has been desperate to bolster his forward resources with both Yakubu and James Vaughan ruled out for the remainder
of the season and Louis Saha having spent a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Meanwhile, Moyes has paid tribute to the players who have pulled him through his injury crisis.
He said: “I might have had top strikers and not done as well as we’ve done, so it’s a compliment to the players really.
“They deserve it because they are the ones who have been playing out of position. We don’t have the resources to buy the centre forwards that we would like so the players have had to dig deep.
“I don’t think you can be intimidated or concerned by the opposition, you have to work with what you have got and try to make it work and they do that. I’d love £200million to spend but 90 managers out of 92 don’t get it. Not everyone can be lucky enough to have the big money.
“If we’d only had one more forward, we might have done more against United but it may have been a game where we could have done with changing things around – but we didn’t have the bodies.”