West Ham set to lose out to Galatasaray in bid to land Manchester City flop Jo

20 January 2010 11:51
Out of favour: Striker Jo

Galatasaray are set to sign Jo on loan from Manchester City for the rest of the season.

The Brazil striker is midway through a year-long loan at Everton, but the Merseysiders are prepared to let him move after poor form and discipline.

West Ham United were thought to be weighing up a move for the 22-year-old after wrapping up their long-awaited takeover, but Galatasaray have beaten them to the punch.

The Turkish club's sporting director Haldun Ustunel has flown toLondon for talks with City and are willing to put an attractive offeron the table.

Jo is out of favour at Goodison Park and wasrecently suspended by boss David Moyes for making an unauthorised tripback to his homeland.

He is also surplus to requirements at City at the moment after failing to make an impact since a £19million move from CSKA Moscow in July 2008.

Hammersboss Gianfranco Zola is determined to strengthen his attacking optionsand has missed out on loan moves for Brazil striker Adriano and Italyinternational Luca Toni already this year.

New Upton Park owners David Gold and David Sullivan admitted theywere keen to bring in forwards and defenders after completing theirtakeover on Tuesday.

Zola continues to run the rule over Zenit St Petersburg strikerSergey Kornilenko, who has been training with the Hammers since lastFriday.

Big plans: West Ham's new owners David Sullivan and David Gold (foreground)

Reports that he could revive interest in Brazilstriker Adriano seem wide of the mark as the Flamengo star has indicated he is unwilling to leave hishometown Rio de Janeiro club until the summer.

Jois one of a number of players who ambitious Galatasaray are looking atas they fight for the Turkish title with Istanbul rivals Fenerbahce.

Blackburn's Benni McCarthy, Aston Villa's John Carew and TottenhamHotspur target Ruud van Nistelrooy are also options.

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Source: Daily_Mail