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City take Saudi captain on trial

ASIAN Player of the Year and Saudi Arabia captain Yasser Al Qahtani will have a trial with Manchester City.

The 25-year-old striker arrived in Manchester with Al Hilal president Prince Mohammed Bin Faisal, with Sven-Goran Eriksson and his City coaching staff preparing to take a closer look at the player.

"I'm now in England after I got an invitation letter from Manchester City," said Al Qahtani.

"I'm here with Al Hilal president Prince Mohammed bin Faisal and my agent Turki Al Mukairin.

"I'm glad to train with such a good club in England and I will try my best to prove that Saudi players are good players."


My first reaction to this is one of scepticism.

I can't confess to have heard of this guy, let alone know whether he is a decent player or not. Perhaps it is a bit of a PR move to generate some interest in what is a lucrative market, but on the back of last nights defeat it became even more apparent that attacking reinforcements are needed in January - and these need to be of a quality nature, with a proven record.

I may be proved wrong but I don't see it with this signing.

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