Wigan complete capture of Egyptian Zaki

July 22, 2008

Wigan have completed the signing of Egypt international striker Amr Zaki.

The 25-year-old Zamalek striker has passed a medical and has put pen to paper on a one-year loan deal with the Barclays Premier League club.

Zaki said: 'I've come to England to score goals. That's what I do.

'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.'

According to FIFA's current rankings, the 27 goals he has scored in 48 appearances for his country put Zaki in the number one position in the world.

Latics manager Steve Bruce said: 'It's been a real tough deal to push through but I'm delighted that Amr's finally a Wigan 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.

'I think our supporters will love him because he's a passionate boy who plays with his heart on his sleeve.

'He is all-action, physically powerful, great in the air, with two great feet and a good turn of pace.'

Zaki - recently named Egyptian player of the year - scored 22 goals in 54 appearances for his club side in Cairo.