Zaki seals Wigan switch

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Last updated: 22nd July 2008

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Zaki: Signs for Wigan

Wigan have completed the signing of Egyptian striker Amr Zaki.

The signing of the 25-year-old on a one-year loan deal from Zamalek ends a long running saga for manager Steve Bruce, who first made a move for Zaki some ten weeks ago.

Zaki, currently the number one striker in Fifa's rankings, has now though completed his move after passing a medical.

"It's been a real tough deal to push through, that's for sure," said Wigan manager Steve Bruce.

"But I'm delighted that Amr's finally a Wigan Athletic player. Everything has been sorted, and now he can just get on with the job at hand.

"Anyone with a one in two strike rate or better over 50 odd international games knows where the back of the net is.

"Although he hasn't played in the Premier League, I am convinced, having seen him personally on several occasions that this boy can do the business."


Zaki revealed his delight at moving to England.

"I've come to England to score goals. That's what I do," he told the club's website.

"I want to show the manager and the fans of Wigan that they have made a good choice and now I am totally focused on trying to get in the squad and prove myself here."