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Wigan boss Bruce targets Egypt striker Zaki

Wigan boss Steve Bruce is expected to step up his efforts to sign Egypt striker Amr Zaki over the next few weeks.

Bruce watched Zaki score twice last night as his club El Zamalek beat Aluminum 5-1 win in the Egyptian General League.

Zaki, who has scored 21 goals in 40 internationals, is a top target for Wigan, who reportedly had a £4.1million bid rejected in the January transfer window.

With the Latics securing their Barclays Premier League status for a fourth successive season with a 2-0 victory at Aston Villa on Saturday, Bruce is now eager to strengthen his squad.

Bruce's priority is a proven goalscorer, with Wigan netting just 34 times all season, the worst total in the top flight other than doomed Derby.

'Our top scorer this season is Marcus Bent with seven goals, with three of those coming in one game,' remarked Bruce.

'Then we have players on five and six goals, so that really is an area we really need to improve on for next season.

'I think the most important thing for a club like ours is to get a striker who can make a difference - and that's where I would spend the money if I could source one.'