Writer: Mike Field
Date:Monday July 6 2009
Sorry I think I'm in one of those moods today...Amir Zaki has claimed that Villa failed in an £11 million bid for him in January.
He joined Wigan last summer on a season long loan deal from El Zamalek, and the Egyptian made himself a household name given some of his performances for them especially at the beginning of the season.
Speaking to the Birmingham Mail he claims our bid was accepted by his club, but Wigan refused to allow the loan deal to be broken.
'Wigan refused to get compensation as they had hopes to sign me and let me join another club later in order to make money.'
Implying the whole deal for Wigan was about making profit, and quick, which afterall is their right as players are assets, he points towards Palacious given the fact they signed him for one million and then passed him onto Spurs for £14 million.
In quite a harsh assessment of his time at Wigan, he continued:
'Wigan is not one of the top four. All they want is to buy players for cheap and then make money by selling them to other clubs later.'
Which would be like players seeking moves for bigger wages and better signing on bonuses wouldn't it.
Whether we were in for the player or not, I can't help but read this and think he's bitter Wigan haven't signed him up properly?
I know his performances tailed off at the end of the season, but surely if we were in for him in January you would've expected us to be back in for him now, but the only link to the Premier League that his agent would let slip was one of the newly promoted clubs.
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Date:Monday July 6 2009
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