Manager confirms transfer details of international defender reportedly on Liverpool radar
Al Ahly manager Sayed Abdel Hafiz has confirmed that Liverpool do not have the right to outbid West Brom for their reported target Ahmed Hegazi.
ESPN has reported that Liverpool and Leicester are considering a move for Hegazi, 26, as he is only currently on loan at the Hawthorns from Egyptian giants Al Ahly.
Hegazi has been in great form since being signed by Tony Pulis in the summer and Albion’s loan deal for the defender includes the right for them to have priority if they want a permanent deal concluded at the end of the season.
Now, Hafiz has responded to the reports of Liverpool’s interest to reveal the inner-most details about Hegazi’s loan in the Black Country, stating that the asking price is set at £3.7million.
“West Bromwich Albion have the priority to acquire the services of Hegazi on a permanent basis,” Hafiz said, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.
“If they want to buy him they have to pay $5million.
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“Liverpool do not have the right to bid higher than West Brom because the player is on loan with the Baggies and they do not need to enter new negotiations.”
Hegazi has made 16 appearances across all competitions since joining West Brom and scored on his debut against Bournemouth in August when he smashed in a thumping header to seal a 1-0 win.
He has since been a mainstay of the first-team, starting every single Premier League game.
The Egypt international defender will also no doubt be aiming to impress enough to earn a spot in the World Cup squad at the end of the season.
Egypt have been drawn in Group A with hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay.
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