£19m Manchester City and Everton flop Jo linked with £1.2m Newcastle United switch

The Brazilian World Cup striker is in hot water in his homeland and is being linked with a Premier League return.

Brazilian striker Jo stormed his way into European football by banging in goals for Corinthians before doing the same at CSKA Moscow for three seasons.

It was this form that saw Manchester City, using Thai riches rather than Emirati, splash out a club record £19 million to sign the Brazilian striker in July 2008.

But he was a flop at the Etihad and his best spell in England came on a six month loan period at Goodison Park in 2009. After an unauthorised visit to Brazil over the Christmas period in his second spell at the club, he was let go by the notoriously ruthless David Moyes and was swiftly shipped out to Galatasaray by Manchester City.

But he returned to Brazil and put together some great goalscoring from with Atletico Mineiro. He even battled his way back into the Brazilian national team set-up, going to the World Cup this summer gone.

However he has recently been back to his old tricks.

He was released a little over a month ago, with two other Mineiro players, over an apparent 'serious' breach in club discipline.

Now a free agent he has found himself linked with a move back to England. So which set of fans have the indiginity of having Jo, one of the Premier League's most hapless strikers, linked with their club.

Sorry Newcastle United.

According to Folha Esportes Atletico have agreed a package with Newcastle to sign Jo, not on a free transfer, but for BR$5 million, around £1.2 million.

Of course there is nothing official and this could very well be a silly rumour. Newcastle United fans, we imagine, will be hoping that is the case.

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