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Blues target Argentine wonderkid

Birmingham City are reportedly on the verge of a season-long loan swoop for Argentina youth international forward Mauro Zarate, who currently plays for little-known Qatari club Al-Sadd.

Blues have approached the Middle Eastern club about making such a move, with the option of making the deal permanent, according to a statement on the Middle Eastern club's website.

Although Al-Sadd are not the biggest name in football, 20-year-old attacker is fairly highly rated in his native Argentina and there were a few raised eyebrows when he left Velez Sarsfield for Qatar in the summer. Zarate's also scored the winning goal in the final when Argentina won the FIFA U-20 World Cup last year.

The statement on Al-Sadd's website read: "Al-Sadd club received an offer from the Premier League club Birmingham City to seek the service of the club`s Argentina star Mauro Zarate on loan from January until end of the season with a possible ultimate transfer. Al-Sadd club has no objection to accept the offer. The club would announce a final decision within the forthcoming few days."

When Zarate moved to Al-Sadd there were suggestions he decided to make the move for financial rather than footballing reasons - suggestions supported by comments he made at the time. In the summer Zarate's agent said the two-year deal "was not ideal in footballing terms but it will give him and his family financial security".

All very interesting - perhaps the Middle East is an untapped hotbed of footballing talent...or just a place young players go to get rich quick!

The Journalist

Writer: Jasper's Parrot Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 16 2008

Time: 3:22PM

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is he any good would be my first question or do you just think because he's an argentinian he'd make the team flash, check him out carefully is my advice
ozanne park rangers
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16/01/2008 18:48:00

No idea, I don't often watch either Argentinian under-20 football or the Qatari league...
The Blues Brother
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16/01/2008 20:45:00

You must get out more.
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17/01/2008 09:57:00

wots wrong with a move for some of our super never know we might be tempted to let the odd one go @ 5 ...
80s terrier
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06/02/2008 17:45:00


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