Wigan Athletic have taken sometimes Egypt striker Mido on loan from Middlesbrough until the end of the season. The move allows Mido to line up as part of an Egyptian double act with compatriot Amr Zaki. He replaces new Aston Villa signing Emile Heskey in the Wigan striker pool.
Wigan boss Steve Bruce, who has now lost two of his best players after the sale of Wilson Palacios to Spurs, said he was confident Mido could plug the gap left by Emile Heskey.
Meanwhile, Villa manager Martin O’Neill is “absolutely thrilled” to be linking up with Emile Heskey again.
O’Neill famously worked with Heskey at Leicester City in a glorious spell that saw the Foxes triumph in two League Cup finals.
O’Neill speaks highly of Heskey’s influence back then but believes Villa are signing a player who has undoubtedly improved with age.