Diego Forlan sought by Dubai club

Updated: May 24, 2011, 5:14 PM ET
Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- The Dubai soccer team that hired Diego Maradona as coach is now pursuing Diego Forlan, the Uruguayan striker who was honored as the best player at the last World Cup.

Al Wasl said Tuesday it is awaiting a response from Forlan's team, Atletico Madrid. Al Wasl says it has made an "improved bid" after its initial offer was rejected by the Spanish club.

Al Wasl did not say how much it is willing to pay the 32-year-old player, who won the Golden Ball award at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The club is intent on bolstering its roster now that Maradona has signed a two-year contract. Maradona has been out of coaching since leading Argentina to the 2010 World Cup quarterfinals.

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