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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Aug, 8, 2007

Birmingham seek to 'resurrect' £6m Mido deal

Birmingham boss Steve Bruce is attempting to 'resurrect' the £6million deal to sign Tottenham striker Mido.

Blues had agreed a deal with Spurs only for the move to collapse a fortnight ago because of issues relating to Mido's contract./news/story?id=451323&cc=

But Bruce believes those matters have been 'ironed out' and he is striving again to bring the Egyptian international to St Andrews after claiming negotiations are ongoing with Spurs.

Bruce said: 'It has been difficult for the last couple of weeks especially with Spurs after what happened with Mr (Hossam) Ghaly but our offer has always been there for Mido.

'To be perfectly honest I don't think the offer was the problem to be fair to the player. It was all sorts of things like length of contract, stipulations in the contract.

'Those seem to have been ironed out so, if talks are ongoing again, then great.

'We made the best offer we possibly can to the player. We will see what happens. We will probably have to go through the rigmarole again on the possible transfer.

'We have to negotiate with Spurs but that seems to be ongoing.

'With any deal you would like the player to make his mind up but it was never about personal terms. I have to put that on the record.

'It will be a permanent transfer if it happens. That's where it got clouded initially.

'We were thinking we were going to get a loan deal for a year but it became obvious Tottenham didn't want that. They wanted a permanent deal which we are trying to resurrect.

'I don't know if we will learn anything today. There is still a bit to go.'

Meanwhile Reuters report that Egypt have again left Mido out of their squad for this month's friendly against Ivory Coast in Paris.

But coach Hassan Shehata recalled Anderlecht playmaker Ahmed Hassan, Feyenoord goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy and Racing Strasbourg defender Ahmed Abou Mosallam for the Aug. 22 match.

Mido last appeared for Egypt in a 2-0 win over Sweden in a friendly in Cairo in February.

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