Ajman: Ajman Club has agreed a year-long loan move for 23-year-old Lebanese striker Hassan Maatouk from Al Ahed Club in Beirut.
An official at the club confirmed the deal was signed on Sunday.
Maatouk becomes the newly-promoted side's fourth and sole Asian import, as per league quota rules behind French-Algerian midfielder Karim Kerkar from Emirates, Senegalese striker Ebrahim Toure from Sepahan and Ivorian attacker Olivier Tia Tokbe from Al Ahli Doha.
This season they will all play under Iraqi-cum-Kiwi coach Abdul Qader as the club looks to survive and consolidate upon their first season back in top flight football since a year in the second tier, from which they re-emerged with the 2010/11 championship in tow.
Now the second Lebanese footballer in the UAE Pro League behind Al Ahli defender Yousuf Mohammad who signed over the summer from FC Koln, Maatouk is Lebanon's current top goal scorer with a reported 11 goals from 23 national team appearances.
In over 120 appearances for Al Ahed, Maatouk has reportedly bagged 89 goals for his hometown club since his career started with them in 2005.
With Al Ahed Maatouk won three Lebanese Premier League titles, three FA Cups, one Federation Cup, three Elite Cups and two Super Cups in a golden era with the Shia and Hezbollah backed club.
Maatouk enjoyed two treble winning years with the club in 2008 and 2011 winning the League, Elite and Super Cups and the League, FA Cup and Elite Cup titles respectively.
Most notable in his career was a golden boot in the 2008 Elite Cup.