Jol keen to sign Mido permanently barring Egypt injury

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Martin Jol has confirmed Tottenham intend to begin talks with the Egyptian striker Mido about a permanent move to the club if he returns injury-free from the African Nations Cup.

Mido's 18-month loan spell at Tottenham expires at the end of the season and he has already told Roma he has no intention of going back to the Serie A club.

Roma have admitted Spurs have already made tentative steps towards negotiating a long-term deal for Mido who is available to play against Liverpool today before spending the rest of the month playing for his country in Egypt.

"First we have to see how he comes back," said Jol. "We had that problem with Fredi Kanouté in the past when he came back injured. If he comes back fine and he can do the same job, we will start talking to him. Last year he did not play a lot, he was injured and not fit. But this season he has done well and he is influential."

Meanwhile Jol confirmed that Tom Huddlestone's loan spell at Wolves will end this month. The midfielder has been a success at Molineux and the former Spurs manager Glenn Hoddle was hoping to extend the youngster's stay. "Huddlestone has got an agreement until the 21st of January," added the Dutchman.

Spurs visit Anfield boosted by the return of the England defender Ledley King and Dutch midfielder Edgar Davids. King has been missing since he tore a groin muscle in the win over Birmingham on Boxing Day while Davids has struggled with an ankle injury for the last two weeks.

"Ledley is fit," said Jol. "He began training on Thursday as did Davids, Teemu Tainio, Andy Reid and Lee Yong-Pyo. The only one missing is Noureddine Naybet who is on international duty with Morocco in the African Nations Cup."

Bolton have signed Matt Jansen after the striker was released by Premiership neighbours Blackburn. The 28-year-old has been given a contract which runs until the end of the season and becomes manager Sam Allardyce's second signing of the transfer window following the capture of Oman goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi.

Allardyce said: "Matt has great potential, even though he hasn't been involved with Blackburn of late, and I do believe he has the right qualities to resurrect his career here at the Reebok."

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