Ex-Man City and Everton striker Jo joins Nagoya Grampus

Newly-promoted J1 League outfit Nagoya Grampus have bolstered their attack by signing former Manchester City and Everton striker Jo.

Nagoya confirmed the signing of the ex-Brazil international from Corinthians on Wednesday morning and he is set to play a key role in their bid to maintain their top flight status in 2018.

Grampus remain one of Japan’s more-famous sides due to their connection with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger – who coached them from 1995 to 1996 – but were relegated to the second tier at the end of 2016, just six years after winning their first and only J1 title.

However, it has not taken them long to bounce right back up and they have now secured their big-name foreign signing of the off-season.

Jo came to prominence as a teenager when he scored 44 goals in 77 games for CSKA Moscow, earning himself a move to City in the process.

Nonetheless, he failed to establish himself at the Etihad Stadium and also flattered to deceive in two different loan spells at Everton.

Still only 30, Jo has previous experience in Asia with Al Shabab and Jiangsu Suning in United Arab Emirates and China respectively, but it was back in his homeland where he really got his career back on track last year.

Netting 18 goals in 34 league games, he was a key player as Corinthians won the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A and provided one of the season’s most-pivotal contributions with a brace in a 3-1 win over Fluminense which clinched the title.

Despite having had to spend a year in J2, Nagoya continue to boast plenty of experience and talent in their side, including former Japan internationals Seigo Narazaki, Hisato Sato and Taishi Taguchi.

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