Everton signs Junior

Everton made a swoop on Wednesday for of-contract midfielder Francisco Junior, who joins the Toffees on a two- a-half-year deal.

The 20-year-old Portuguese youngster began his career at Benfica but has also spent time with Manchester City, where he appeared for their development side earlier this season.

"I feel very happy to have joined Everton," Junior told the club's official website. "It's a great challenge and now I just want to show my talent to the fans.

"My first mission is to try to get into the first team. Then it is to win over the fans and to win things with Everton. They're a big team and they're a team which is normally challenging for cups or for the European places. That is what I want to do."

Junior is waiting on international clearance before he is eligible to feature for the Goodison Park outfit.