Iraq's Akram impresses Eriksson
Nashat Akram has his trial extended at Man City and is close to signing a deal.
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2008 13:06 GMT

Iraqi midfielder Nashat Akram, left, is looking for a permanent move to Manchester City [GALLO/GETTY]

Nashat Akram, Iraqi midfielder, has had his trial at Manchester City extended by manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, and may be close to signing a permanent deal with the English Premier League club.
Eriksson said the 23-year-old, who was instrumental in Iraq's Asian Cup triumph last year, impressed him during the initial week-long trial.
"He's a very good football player, he will need to get used to the style of English football but he's a very elegant player and in the Asian Cup he was one of the very best in the tournament," Eriksson told Man City's official website.

"He can do a little bit of everything in both attack and defence. He's a technically correct player."

Sven-Goran Eriksson,
Manchester City manager

"We need to fix the work permits but I don't think that will be a problem.
"He can do a little bit of everything in both attack and defence. I think he is one for the future... he's good. He's a technically correct player."
Akram, who came third in the vote for the 2007 Asian Player of the Year award, would become the first Iraqi to play in a top European league since the 1950s.
Hamad Al Ameri, director of football at Al Ain, Akram's club in the United Arab Emirates, said an agreement had already been reached between the two clubs and that a medical had been undertaken, but no contract signed.
"The only thing left before signing the contract is getting the work permit," Al Ameri was quoted as saying on the Asian Football Confederation's website.
Neither a transfer fee nor length of contract was revealed.
Topics in this article
Featured on Al Jazeera
Indonesia's digerati could be crucial to success in the country's upcoming presidential election.
How Brazil's football legend turned every Corinthians' match into a political meeting for democracy.
As the Pakistani army battles Taliban forces, civilians in North Waziristan face an arduous escape for relative safety.
Nepalese trade in a libido-boosting fungus is booming but experts warn over-exploitation could destroy ecosystem.
Israel's strategy in Gaza remains uncertain, as internal politics are at play for PM Netanyahu.
Greece is holding as many as 6,000 migrants in detention centres, in conditions that have been called appalling.
Long derided for trivialising women, Bollywood is shrugging off its trademark social apathy by upping anti-rape crusade.
Survey of more than 300 colleges shows 40 percent do; highlights lack of training for administrators, law enforcement.
Three years after independence, South Sudan still struggles to escape poverty and conflict.
join our mailing list