Emana quits Al Ahli to join Dubai rivals Al Wasl
While Al Ahli continue to remain tight-lipped over the possible signing of Pablo Aimar, one man who has left the Rashid Stadium is Achille Emana.
The Cameroonian midfielder has joined Dubai rivals Al Wasl on a six-month loan after he became surplus to requirements at Ahli following their recent acquisition of Portuguese winger Ricardo Quaresma.
Emana, 30, only joined Ahli on a two-year deal last summer, but having failed to convince boss Quique Sanchez Flores of his worth he has now been shipped out to Wasl.
The former Real Betis man arrives at the Zabeel Stadium initially until the end of the season as a replacement for Argentine midfielder Mario Donda, who was recently ruled out for the rest of the campaign through injury.
Ahli director of football Roy Aitken admitted last week that the club were open to either a loan or permanent transfer for Emana, and had revealed earlier on Tuesday that the club had received proposals from clubs both in the Emirates and elsewhere.
"There's been a couple of clubs who have expressed an interest in Achille and obvsiously he remains on the transfer list so we'll just wait and see what develops over the remainder of the transfer window," Aitken told Sport360°.
Claiming that there was "nothing imminent", the situation clearly changed late on Tuesday night as Wasl confirmed Emana's arrival just before 11pm.
Wasl spokesman Tariq Abdullah recently hinted that a deal was in the offing when he told Sport360°: "The club spoke to Emana two or three weeks before, but they didn't negotiate. They are still looking. They're looking for a player like Emana in the same position."
Eman has made 14 appearances for Ahli this season, scoring four goals, after initially spending the second half of last term on loan at the club from Saudi giants Al Hilal.