Sunderland manager Steve Bruce was last night left to rue what could have been after missing out on the £2 million signing of Egypt’s answer to ‘David Beckham’ according to the Daily Mail
Ahmed Al Mohammadi, 22, was seen as a key target for Steve Bruce to reignite Sunderland’s faltering campaign after a bright start to the season. The highly rated young Egyptian international that has played every game in his country’s recent African Cup of Nations victory was said to be keen on the move to the Stadium of Light. Personal terms had been agreed with Sunderland and Al Mohammadi was keen to test himself in the rigours of the Premier League.
The right winger, dubbed the Egyptian ‘David Beckham’ due to his ball striking ability has been capped 38 times for his country and currently plays for Egyptian side ENPPI. Having originally had a loan move turned down in September for the talented winger, Sunderland offered what was believed to be around £2 million yesterday only for it to be turned down by ENPPI.
Agent Nader Shawki told www.filgoal.com ‘Sunderland offered £2 million plus 20% of the next sale. Unfortunately ENPPI insist on keeping Al-Mohammadi and do not want to sell him before the end of the season. He is keen to make the move. He wants to play in England and knows that Sunderland are a good side.’
It remains to be seen if Bruce will continue to track Al- Mohammadi and make another move in the summer. Blackburn’s Sam Allardyce is also known to be a key admirer of the Egyptian and was expected to make a move for the player last week.
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