Newcastle and Blackburn tussle over Egyptian Shikabala

Eslam Omar, Wednesday 8 Jun 2011

After Birmingham lost interest in him due to their relegation, Shikabala may start his euro-trip in England season in Newcastle or Blackburn

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English Premier League sides Newcastle and Blackburn are reportedly set to battle for Egyptian star Mahmoud Abdel-Razik “Shikabala”.

“The 25-year-old, who plays for Egyptian Premier League outfit Zamalek, could be available for a cut-price fee with just six months left on his current deal,” Britain’s Talksport radio station website reported on Tuesday.

The Pharaoh key player’s magical performance caught the eye of French and Germany clubs too, but he would like to prove his worth in the English Premier League.

Birmingham was also interested in the popular Egyptian footballer but their relegation obstructed the deal.

One of the best players in the Egyptian competitions, Shikabala, is inspiring the Cairo giants to lead the domestic league table and compete for top title that has eluded them since 2004.

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