Francisco Junior makes Port Vale move just three months after Celtic trial

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Everton midfielder Francisco Junior has joined Port Vale on loan until the end of the season.

Port Vale have confirmed the arrival of Everton midfielder Francisco Junior on their official site, penning a loan deal until the end of the season.

Junior, 23, joined Everton from Benfica back in 2012, but has made just one competitive appearance for the Toffees, struggling to make an impact at Goodison Park.

The Guinea-Bissau-born Portugal Under-21 international has now made a move to play some first-team football, joining League One side Port Vale on loan until the end of the season.

It's a great opportunity for Junior to play football, but it's something a drop considering that he was on trial with Celtic as recently as December.

Junior had previous loan spells with Vitesse Arnhem in the Netherlands and Stromsgodset in Norway - and Celtic boss Ronny Deila was the man who signed him for Stromsgodset.

After playing under Deila in Norway, it was little surprise to see Junior join Celtic on trial in December, although he didn't do enough to earn a permanent deal in Glasgow.

Now he faces playing for Port Vale instead of Celtic, which may feel like something of a drop for Junior - but with good displays for Port Vale, he could put himself in the shop window for a permanent move away from Merseyside this summer.

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