Amr Zaki Set for Premier League Move: Stoke and Hull City Lead Chase for Egyptian Hotshot

The Potters and Latics battle it out for potentially lethal finisher.

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Sports News - January 11, 2009

Hull are talking to Egypt striker Amr Zaki over a possible loan move to the KC Stadium, Hull chairman Adam Pearson has told BBC Radio Humberside.
While the Egyptian claimed he was to have a medical, Pearson stressed it was not a “done” deal and that Zaki was not the only player Hull were talking to.
Last season the 26-year-old striker scored 11 goals for Wigan while on loan from his home-country club Zamalek.
On Thursday Zamalek’s website said Zaki was close to joining Stoke City.
Zaki is not at the Africa Cup of Nations with Egypt due to injury.
He failed to land a permanent deal with the Latics after angering then manager Steve Bruce by returning late from international duty on four occasions.
Following a fourth fine for his tardiness, Bruce labelled Zaki “the most unprofessional player I have ever worked with”.
Prior to that, the current Sunderland boss had been singing his praises after he scored eight goals in his first 10 games in England. (Sky Sports)

There is no doubting the talent that 26 year old Amr Zaki possesses and the Egyptian striker showed during one four month spell that he knows his way around Premier League penalty areas. He managed 10 goals in his first 17 top tier games but then caused a mountain of problems at Wigan on and off the field and failed to notch another goal in his final 12 games as an on loan Latic.

Some may feel that an on loan move for the Zamalek man would be something of a bargain but no doubt whichever side does take the striker on will have to foot one hell of a weekly wage bill but if Zaki gets his scoring boots on it would be a move well worth making.

Amr is very much a confidence player, if he is in the mood then he can be explosive. He has also proven that he can pit his wits against the best defences and come out on top and his two goal salvo at Anfield last term will live long in the memory and will be just what Tony Pulis and Phil Brown are looking for should they indeed make an offer.

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