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Mido hits out at swap talk
09 Jan 2009 - 11:31:18
Middlesbrough striker Mido has reacted angrily to reports that he has been the subject of a swap deal involving Newcastle United.
The Egypt international has hit out after being linked with a move to the Magpies in a deal which would see Alan Smith head in the opposite direction.
Mido, whose career has been overshadowed by fall-outs with various club and international managers, has revealed he sounded out Boro boss Gareth Southgate to air his grievances.
The well-travelled striker claims he was kept in the dark about the proposed transfer to another north-east club.
"I'm very angry no-one informed me of the ongoing talks before today and I made sure manager Gareth Southgate knows how I feel," he said.
"I was told that Newcastle made an offer to buy me and that Middlesbrough asked for Alan Smith as part of the deal taking me to St James' Park.
"I still haven't made up my mind about moving. I've a lot of respect for the Middlesbrough fans.
"They've always supported me and I want to stay and repay their faith in me."