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Gaziantepspor in talks to sign Shikabala on free transfer – Reports
Gaziantepspor manager Sergen Yalçın claims the club are close to signing Egyptian hotshot Mahmoud Abdel Razek ‘Shikabala’ within a few days, according to reports in Turkey.
Shikabala announced a few days ago that he is to set to terminate his contract with Zamalek SC as the ongoing dilemma continues, since the club have yet to pay his wages of last season. His agent immediately began to look for offers from clubs in Europe and the Gulf region.
Sergen Yalçın told Turkish portal Sporx.com that Gaziantepspor have began negotiations with Shikabala’s representatives and a formal deal could be completed within the coming days, with the player expected to join on a free transfer.
It is worth noting that the 27-year-old playmaker has now been excluded from Zamalek’s 23-man squad list for the 2014 CAF Champions League.
Shikabala made his debut for Zamalek in a cup match early in 2002, and scored the winning goal aged only 16. He remained with the first team squad then but had very limited playing time and was not given a professional contract, which is how he left Zamalek to join PAOK in January 2005 without the Greek side paying a transfer fee.
Shika played in Northern Greece for two seasons before a long ride to his old home. FIFA ruled that his move to PAOK was illegal so he was suspended from domestic competition for six months, and was fined €990K.
The controversial Egyptian spent a short spell with Al Wasl in the UAE last season, where his loan was eventually rescinded by mutual consent.