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Liverpool winger hints West Brom’s Ahmed Hegazy deal is done

Albion want the Egyptian defender on loan with a view to a permanent transfer

West Bromwich Albion appear to have wrapped up a deal for Egyptian defender Ahmed Hegazy, judging by a tweet from his compatriot Mohammad Salah.

The Baggies have not yet confirmed the capture of Hegazy on a season-long loan, although Al Ahly, his team in Egypt, have, And there appears to be further confirmation from Liverpool winger Salah, who has congratulated Hegazy on his move back to Europe.

Hegazy was set to fly to the UK over the weekend to complete a medical before heading out to Hong Kong to join up with his Albion teammates ahead of the Premier League Asia Trophy.

The Baggies are set to pay £875,000 to loan Hegazy with a clause in the deal allowing Albion to buy the centre-back for £3.5 million before the end of June 2018.

Hegazy, 26, is unproven in the Premier League, but spent four years in Italy where spells with Fiorentina and Perugia were plagued by injuries

Baggies boss Tony Pulis is eager to bolster his backline with only four senior defenders currently at the club following the departure of Jonas Olsson in March.

Capped 39 times by his country, Hegazy is set to become Albion’s third signing of the summer following the arrivals of Jay Rodriguez and Yuning Zhang.

Zhang will not, however, be available to play for the Baggies until the culmination of his two-year loan to German side Werder Bremen.

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