West Brom interested in signing Egypt defender Hegazi

Omar Zaazou , Friday 14 Jul 2017

Egypt's Ahmed Hegazi (R) controls the ball during a 2014 World Cup qualifying football match against Zimbabwe on June 9, 2013 at the National Sports Stadium in Harare. Egypt won 4-2 (Photo: AFP)

English Premier League side West Bromwich Albion have inquired about the possibility of signing Egypt center-back Ahmed Hegazi from Ahly in the current transfer window, the Daily Mail reported.

After seeing a potential loan deal for Chelsea center-back Kurt Zouma fall through, West Brom have shown an interest in acquiring the services of ex-Fiorentina defender Hegazi.

Local media reports have confirmed West Brom's interest in the 26-year-old defender as well, with the Ahly board now discussing the offer, which was not disclosed to the media.

"The offer presented by West Brom plus Hegazi's desire to move there will be the decisive factors in letting him go," Ahly football director Sayed Abdel-Hafiz said.

"Ahly are currently discussing the offer, as we are keen to make a decision that comes in the best of interest of both the club and the player himself."    

Hegazi kicked off his overseas adventure in 2012 after sealing a switch to Fiorentina from boyhood club Ismaily before moving on a six-month loan deal to another Serie A side in Perugia in 2015.

After ending his loan spell, the towering defender - who is has 39 Egypt caps - returned to Fiorentina before switching to Ahly in the summer of 2015.   

West Brom, who usually adopt an ultra-defensive strategy under manager Tony Pulis, have finished 10th of the Premier League last season. 

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