Collins, Junior and Coulibaly make move to Port Vale on loan

Neill Collins
Neill Collins played for Sheffield United in last season's FA Cup semi-final defeat by Hull City

Port Vale have made a trio of loan window transfer deadline-day signings.

Everton midfielder Francisco Junior, 23, Sheffield United defender Neill Collins, 31, and Bournemouth winger Mohamed Coulibaly, 26, are all now at Vale Park until the end of the season.

"By signing Mo we have completed the target we set ourselves at the start of the week," said Vale boss Rob Page.

"We've brought in three who we really believe can improve the squad. We're looking forward to seeing them play."

Neither Senegal-born Coulibaly, who played six games in a curtailed half-season loan at Coventry City, nor Scotsman Collins have featured since October.

An African, a Portuguese and a Scot in Burslem
Mohamed Coulibaly began his career at FC Gueugnon, playing at St-Louis Neuweg and Swiss side Grasshoppers, joining Bournemouth in 2013. He joined Coventry on a six-month loan in July, as part of the Callum Wilson deal but it was cut short in October for personal reasons.
Francisco Santos Da Silva Junior, his full name, was on trial at Celtic in December, having previously played for boss Ronny Deila at Stromsgodset.
Neill Collins started his career in Scotland with Dumbarton before moving from Queens Park to Sunderland, where he was signed by Mick McCarthy, who signed him again at Wolves. He has since gone on to play for Preston and Leeds before joining the Blades in January 2011.

Portugal Under-21 international Junior, who came through Benfica's academy before joining Everton on a free transfer in 2012, was a possible target for Celtic in the lead-up to the January window.

Vale currently stand 15th in League One, with eight matches left, having slipped out of promotion contention with three successive defeats.

Having got within two points of the play-offs, they are now eight points adrift, and are closer to the relegation zone, six points clear of safety.

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