Dubai’s Al Wasl makes bid for Diego Forlan

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 on a two-year contract. Maradona has been out of

coaching since leading Argentina to the 2010 World Cup

quarterfinals.