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Portsmouth look to Moteab to solve goal crisis


Egyptian striker Emad Moteab has emerged as Avram Grant’s first January transfer target with the Israeli hoping to sign him once Portsmouth’s transfer embargo is lifted.

The 26-year-old is available for near £1.2 million and currently plays for Egyptian side Al-Ahly. Grant is hopeful of being provided transfer funds in the next couple of weeks.

Non-executive chairman Sulaiman Al Fahim has set up the move after taking advantage of contacts in Egypt. The 32-year-old is also hopeful of landing Moteab’s international teammate Amr Zaki. The former Wigan striker was set to join Portsmouth in the summer, yet Pompey and his parent club Zamalek couldn’t agree upon a fee.

Moteab is described as a strong target striker with great movement off the ball. His finishing may lack at times but he’s very useful in the air. His physical power and mobility help make him a perfect candidate for the Premier League.

The Egypt international was linked with a move to league rivals Everton last summer, but rejected a move to stay at Al-Ahly.

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