Club in advanced talks to sign West Brom centre-back, could exit before Sunday - report
Two Saudi Arabian clubs are interested in signing West Brom defender Ahmed Hegazi before the closure of the Saudi transfer window on Sunday, according to Okaz.
Hegazi made his first appearance of the season in Monday night’s 0-0 draw with Burnley as he partnered Branislav Ivanovic in the Baggies defence.
Al-Ahly and Al-Ittihad are the two clubs who are interested in signing the Egyptian according to Okaz, with Al-Ittihad’s attempt to sign Hegazi reportedly “a long way in its negotiations to contract with the player”.
This suggests that there the advanced talks between Al-Ittihad and a deal for Hegazi could imply that the 29-year-old is open to a move to the Middle East.
The report also says that Al-Ahly joined the chase for Hegazi very recently and it could lead to a bidding war for the defender if he does want to leave The Hawthorns.
It is unlikely that Slaven Bilic would be prepared to part with Hegazi should a concrete offer be made. Now the transfer window has closed the Baggies would be unable to sign a replacement which would be a major issue with any potential deal.
Albion’s defence has been a weak point of Bilic’s side this season and it’s not a coincidence that the Baggies secured their first clean sheet of the season when Hegazi was restored to the starting 11.
Hegazi adds valuable Premier League experience to West Brom’s backline and he would be a huge miss if he left The Hawthorns and left his current side weaker at the back.
Baggies fans face an anxious wait over the next few days to see if Hegazi does indeed stay a West Brom player, but following his performance against Burnley it would very surprising if he was allowed to leave, even if he wanted to.