Zayed returns home with Rovers

Striker signs 18 month deal after opting against a further spell abroad

Eamon Zayed returned to the Airtricity League yesterday when he signed an 18 month contract with Shamrock Rovers. The 29-year-old, who has spent most of the last two years playing in Iran, had also been a target for Sligo Rovers and several overseas clubs.

"I spoke to Sligo but Trevor Croly sold it to me and I also spoke with a few of the players . . . Jason McGuinness, Shane Robinson. Mainly though, Trevor sold the way he wants to play and the way the team will play."

Croly admits the fact that Zayed will miss some games because of his international career with Libya is a concern but, he says: “He’s a cracking player, a big signing for us; we’re trying to build something and he’s signed for 18 months so we’re delighted.”

Meanwhile, Paris Saint- Germain manager Laurent Blanc has expressed admiration for the Napoli forward Edinson Cavani and Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye as the French champions prepare to make waves in the transfer market.


PSG are expected to launch a club record bid approaching €58 million for Cavani as they go head to head with Real Madrid for the Uruguayan.

“He’s a player I love, as do a lot of other people. I saw him play many times for Napoli and for Uruguay and, if it’s possible to add him to the (PSG) squad, I’d be very happy,” said Blanc

Emmet Malone

Emmet Malone

Emmet Malone is Work Correspondent at The Irish Times