Hull City: Amr Zaki Joins the Tigers

Brian RhodesSenior Analyst IJanuary 17, 2010

WIGAN, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 08:  Amr Zaki of Wigan during the Barclays Premier League match between Wigan Athletic and Stoke City at the JJB stadium on November 8, 2008 in Wigan, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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Unofficial reports are saying that striker Amir Zaki has joined Hull City on a season-long loan. The Egyptian recently missed out on Egypt's Africa Cup of Nations success due to a shoulder injury and a family emergency but has stated on his personal website that he signed for the Tigers.

The former Wigan player who garnered many plaudits for his early season performances for Wigan but ran into a storm at the DW Stadium when he was repeatedly late returning from international duty. The then manager of Wigan Steve Bruce was angered by the Egyptian's tardiness to the point that Zaki's position in the Wigan first team suffered.

The strong forward would be a welcome addition at the KC Stadium were the club have been struggling with a lack of proficient strikers. The young American striker Jozy Altidore who is currently away on compassionate leave because of the Haitian earthquake disaster has been leading the line with Craig Fagan but neither of them have had much success in front of goal.

Zaki will be hoping that another loan spell in the Premiership will win more praise for his performances and a permanent contract in the world's top league.