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West Brom signs Egypt's Ahmed Hegazi on year-long loan


Ahmed Hegazi will be taking the pitch at The Hawthorns.

On Monday, West Bromwich Albion completed a deal for Hegazi. The Egyptian centre-back jetted from Cairo to Hong Kong, where the Baggies are playing at the Premier League Asia Trophy, after agreeing to join the club on a year-long loan from Al Ahly SC. The deal also includes an option to trigger a permanent transfer.

"We're delighted to add Ahmed to the squad," John Williams, West Brom's chairman, said. "He caught our eye at the African championships and we've been tracking him ever since."

Hegazi, who stands at six feet and five inches, was at the heart of Egypt's run to the Africa Cup of Nations final, where the Pharaohs fell 2-1 to Cameroon as Vincent Aboubakar tallied a goal in the 88th minute. The defender converted a penalty kick in the semi-finals, helping his national team overcome Burkina Faso in a shootout.

At the club level, Hegazi played his part as Al Ahly finished second in Group D and reached the quarter-finals of the CAF Champions League.

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Albion needs international clearance for Hegazi to play at the Premier League Asia Trophy. West Brom will take on Leicester City on Wednesday.

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