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Ajax agree signings of El Hamdaoui and Mido

July 27, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Martin Jol is to make a double move to strengthen his Ajax attack, agreeing deals to bring in Mounir El Hamdaoui and Mido.

Mido is returning to Amsterdam after a spell with West Ham
GettyImagesMido is returning to Amsterdam after a spell with West Ham

El Hamdaoui will join from AZ Alkmaar in a deal expected to be officially announced by the club later on Tuesday, while Mido will return to Amsterdam seven years after leaving the club in acrimonious circumstances. Jol told AD Sportwereld both deals are in place.

"Mounir is what we needed,'' Jol said. "I worked with him at Tottenham. He is able to make this Ajax team better.''

Jol also worked with Mido in North London, and is confident he can get the best out of the Egyptian, who was with Ajax as a youngster before running into disciplinary problems and being farmed out.

"He's a great guy to have here,'' Jol said of Mido. "We had no options up front, but now we have two.''