Phil Brown signs experienced finisher to help avoid relegation battle.
Hull have signed Egypt striker Amr Zaki on loan until the end of the season from home-country side Zamalek.
While terms have been agreed with the player and his club, Hull are still waiting for a work permit to be confirmed for the 26-year-old.
The Tigers hope he will be available for the game with Wolves on 30 January.
Last season Zaki scored 11 goals when on loan at Wigan but upset then manager Steve Bruce after returning late from international duty four times.
“He had a chequered background with Wigan last year and there’s obviously a risk element in such a deal,” Hull chairman Adam Pearson told the Hull Daily Mail.
“But we feel that the boy has something to prove and hopefully we’ll see a hungry player.
“The team is working ever so hard defensively and across the side but we feel that we need a goal threat in the final third.”
Zaki is not at the Africa Cup of Nations with Egypt because of injury, although he is now fit to start full training. (BBC Sport)
This deal could well be one that helps Phil Brown pull his Hull City side away from the drop zone. The Tigers have the worst goal difference in the Premier League and find it very hard to find the back of the net and if the Egyptian International gets going then Amr Zaki could become a cult hero at the KC Stadium.
However the Zamalek man is very much a confidence player and Hull City will have to hope that he is in the right frame of mind from the outset and that they see the good side of the lethal finisher. Taking Zaki on loan could also work in the club’s favour as he will be looking to impress enough to win a permanent deal in the Premier League either with Hull City or with another side who feel that he has enough to offer in the long term.
The 26 year old showed last season both his Jekyll and Hyde sides. Starting the season with a bang and an avalanche of goals he then showed his lack of proffesionalism by angering the then Wigan boss Steve Bruce with some tardy behaviour and that then sparked a lean run in front of goal and ended any hope of Zaki winning a permanent deal at the DW Stadium.