Hull snap up Amr Zaki on loan
Hull City have announced they have signed Egypt international Amr Zaki on loan from Zamalek FC.
Zaki, who former Wigan boss Steve Bruce labelled "the most unprofessional player I have ever worked with'', has joined the Tigers until the end of the season after falling out with the Egyptian club.
A Hull statement read: "We are pleased to confirm the loan signing of Amr Zaki from Zamalek FC. The player yesterday signed a loan agreement until the end of the season to join Hull City.
"As is the case with all non-EU transfers, there are work permit and other red tape issues still to be confirmed but we are expecting the player to return to England and join Hull City on Friday this week. The playing contracts are signed and confirmed, however the final details must be undertaken before the loan can commence.
"The player has missed the African Cup of Nations through injury but is now fit to recommence full training and should be available for selection for the home game against Wolverhampton Wanderers onwards.
"The club has paid a significant loan fee to bring Amr back to the UK but his goal-scoring record with Wigan Athletic last season would suggest that he will be a considerable asset in our fight to move up the Premier League.
The striker was dropped from Hassan Shehata's Egyptian African Nations Cup squad and proceeded to miss two weeks of training with Zamalek, only explaining to the club on Thursday that it was because of his "daughter's deteriorated health condition".
Zaki, who scored 11 goals for Wigan last season, said on his official website that he intends to "repay the faith" of Adam Pearson and Phil Brown for giving him another Premier League chance .
"I want to thank both Phil Brown and Adam Pearson for the faith they showed in me and my target is to repay this faith on the field by helping my teammates to do the best for the club and for the fans," Zaki said. "I'm happy to be back in the Premier League through Hull City. The Tigers are a good side and I'm looking forward to doing my best for the team."