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Egypt striker heads to Humberside for rest of season...

Hull City have today confirmed that they have signed Egypt and El Zamalek striker Amr Zaki on loan until the end of the season.

A statement on the Tigers' official website reads:

"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 AFC.

"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."

It will be the 26-year-old's second Premier League stint after spending last season on loan at Wigan Athletic.

Zaki struck eight times in his first ten games for the Latics, but was not offered a permanent move after then-manager Steve Bruce branded him "the most unprofessional [player] I have ever worked with".

The forward repeatedly failed to return on time from international duty, but Hull boss Phil Brown will be hoping the Zamalek man can add much-needed firepower to the struggling Tigers.

He is currently sitting out the African Cup of Nations due to injury, but was apparently able to convince the Premier League side of his fitness before signing.

Tony Pulis' Stoke City had also been in the running for Zaki's services, but appear to have lost out to their counterparts from Humberside.

A statement on the player's personal website yesterday read:

"Egypt star striker Amr Zaki has moved to Hull City on loan [for] the rest of the season.

"Zaki's passed [a] medical test and signed for [the] Tigers on a five months loan deal.
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