Al Ahly SC defender Ahmed Hegazi is set to join premier league side West Bromwich Albion on a one-year loan deal with an option to buy.
According to Egyptian football Journalist, Marwan Ahmed, the fee agreed is worth one million euros (€1m) which would rise to four million euros (€4m), if the option to buy the central defender is activated.
Baggies boss Tony Pulis, is considered to be an admirer of Hegazi who alongside Liverpool’s new acquisition, Mohamed Salah were the only Egyptian players who made CAF’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament.
Hegazi, 26, a product of the Ismaily academy, played with the team until 2012 when he left for Florence to join Serie A team Fiorentina. He stayed with the team for three years before eventually loaned out to Perugia. He returned to the continent after mutually terminating his contract to join Al Ahly.
Currently, England has the highest concentration of Egyptian football players in foreign leagues – closely followed by Saudi Arabia.