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Baggies bring in Egyptian defender

Baggies bring in Egyptian defender

Pulis told the club's official website: "We're pleased he's here, he's a good addition".

West Brom have strengthened their defensive options with the signing of Egypt global Ahmed Hegazi from Al Ahly on a one-year loan.

Williams said: "We're delighted to add Ahmed to the squad". He's got good pedigree and has played for some good clubs.

'With it being a loan and, if he does well, we've already agreed a final deal. "He caught our eye at the African championships and we've been tracking him ever since".

West Brom boss Tony Pulis has been looking to bring in a new central defender all summer and was interested in loaning Chelsea's Kurt Zouma, but backed off after learning of the cost of his loan fee and wages and has now switched his attention to 26-year-old Hegazi. It's really, really good for us'.

Hegazi has flown out to Hong Kong to link up with the West Brom squad ahead of their Premier League Asia Trophy game with Premier League rivals Leicester on Wednesday, although he will need worldwide clearance to play in the tournament.

Hegazy will be the fourth Egyptian player in the English Premier League next season alongside Arsenal's midfielder Mohamed Elneny, Stoke City's winger Ramadan Sobhy and Liverpool's newly signed winger Mohamed Salah.