Thursday, 23 October 2008

Wigan Face Fight To Keep Hold Of Zaki As Man City Prepare To Swoop

Wigan Athletic manager Steve Bruce has revealed that the Latics do not have first refusal on Egyptian International Amr Zaki, who is on a season-long loan at the JJB Stadium from Zamalek, with Bruce admitting that he might of made a mistake by not taking the option of signing Zaki in a permanent deal for £7.5million.

25-year-old Zaki has been in sensational form since his arrival at Wigan in the summer and is the top-scorer in the Premier League with 7 goals in his 8 appearances for the North West club. This has alerted other clubs in the Premiership, with Manchester City reportedly ready to make an offer for Zaki when the transfer window reopens in January to bring the forward to the Eastlands.

However, despite the interest from City, Bruce has vowed to do everything he can to keep Zaki at the JJB, with the Egyptian already a cult hero with the Latics fans.

Bruce told the Guardian: “Over the next few weeks, or however long it takes, we will try and open negotiations with Zamalek and do everything in our power to try and make sure he stays here.

“Zamalek were hoping, and that's why they took the deal, that he would do well. Obviously, the better he does, the bigger the fee. He's our player, so we're in the driving seat.”

“We haven't got first refusal on anything. But we have got to see if we can agree a transfer fee with Zamalek.

“Of course, with hindsight, it would have been nice for him to have been ours. But we have still got a chance - that is the most important thing - and we will do our utmost.”

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