Zamalek, West Bromwich reach agreement over Gabr loan move: Chairman

Ahram Online , Tuesday 23 Jan 2018

Ali Gabr
Zamalek's defender Ali Gabr (Photo: Al-Ahram)

West Bromwich Albion have reached an agreement to sign Zamalek's defender Ali Gabr on a six-month loan deal, the Cairo giants’ chairman Mortada Mansour announced on Tuesday.

“We have reached a final agreement. Gabr will be joining West Bromwich on loan until the end of the season for a fee of 500,000 Euros,” Mansour told ON Sport TV Channel.

“The deal includes an option for West Brom to make the switch permanent for the price of 1.25 million Euros,” he added.

West Bromwich, who are fighting against relegation in the elite Premier League, initially offered 200,000 euros to sign the Egypt star, but Zamalek’s management rejected the bid.

Gabr, who made 14 league appearances with Zamalek this season, is expected to form a solid partnership with Egypt teammate Ahmed Hegazi in the heart of Bromwich's defence.

The 29-year-old Gabr has been one of Zamalek’s key players since joining from Alexandria-based club Ittihad in the summer of 2014, helping them win a rare domestic double in 2015 and the Egypt Cup title in 2016.

He was also a regular member of the Egypt side that reached the African Nations Cup final and qualified for the World Cup after a 28-year absence last year. Gabr has made 18 international appearances since making his debut with Egypt in 2014.

Hegazi has been a regular member of West Brom’s starting line-up since joining last summer from Zamalek’s Cairo rivals Ahly on a season-long loan deal.

Last month, the Baggies exercised an option to tie him down to a five-year contract ending in 2022.

West Bromwich currently lie at the 19th place of the Premier League table with only 20 points, 45 behind leaders Manchester City.


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