West Brom interested in signing Hegazi’s Egypt teammate Ali Gabr: Egyptian media

Hatem Maher , Wednesday 17 Jan 2018

 Ali Gabr
Egypt's defender Ali Gabr (C) heads the ball between Ghana's forward Jordan Ayew (L) and Ghana's midfielder Samuel Tetteh (R) during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group D football match between Egypt and Ghana in Port-Gentil on January 25, 2017 AFP

West Bromwhich Albion are interested in signing Ahmed Hegazi’s Egypt teammate Ali Gabr on a six-month loan deal, Egyptian media reported on Wednesday.

Gabr, who plays for Cairo’s ailing giants Zamalek, formed a solid partnership with Hegazi at the heart of Egypt’s four-man backline during the team’s run to the African Cup of Nations final in February 2017.

He has also 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.

Egyptian media said West Brom have tabled a €300,000 offer to sign Gabr, 29, until the end of the season as they fight against relegation in the elite English Premier League.

But Zamalek chairman Mortada Mansour told Egyptian sports website FilGoal.com he was not ready to do business for less than €700,000.

He also set a €4 million price tag to sell the towering defender if West Brom have plans to sign him on a permanent basis.

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.

Gabr has made 18 international appearances since making his debut with Egypt in 2014. He was part of the Pharaohs side that reached the 2018 World Cup in Russia after a 28-year absence. 

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