Ahly coach hints at Gedo, Fathi exit for England

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Monday 21 Jan 2013

The club's interest could make the Red Devils tactician accept a loan offer for the Pharaohs duo

Ahly player Mohamed “Gedo” Nagy (Photo: Ahram Online archive)

Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry has hinted that he might accept the departure of team stars Mohamed "Gedo" Nagy and Ahmed Fathi during the current winter transfer window, but only on loan.

England’s championship side Hull City have recently made a six-month loan offer to sign the Egypt and Red Devils duo through one of their agents.

El-Badry is unlikely to let any of his team stars depart easily with the Egyptian Premier League possibly resuming in February after a year-long break following the Port Said disaster.

"The club's football committee didn't discuss the offer with me until now; but for me I can't do without Gedo and Fathi under any circumstances," El-Badry was quoted as saying by the club's official website on Monday.

"I could agree to let them go on loan only if that was financially beneficial for the club, but selling them on a permanent basis is totally rejected," he added.

On-form Gedo has given a string of great performances recently with both Ahly and Egypt. The 28-year-old striker is reportedly on the radar of Greek side Panathinaikos.

Versatile wing-back Fathi, 28, is Egypt’s most consistent player and has been named in Africa’s best XI in 2012 by the technical committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Hull City are fighting for an automatic qualification to the Premier League, as they are third in the league table with 50 points, seven adrift of leaders Cardiff City.

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