According to ESPN, newly-promoted Wolves are interested in West Brom’s freshly relegated Egyptian centre-back, Ahmed Hegazi.
Hegazi spent some of his summer in Russia, starting all three of Egypt’s group games as they failed to escape amid the likes of Uruguay, Russia and Saudi Arabia. With his adventure in Russia brought to a premature end, he now potentially faces the considerably less arduous journey across Birmingham, from West Brom to Wolves.
Nuno Espirito Santo, the Wolves manager, is currently preparing for life in the Premier League and is clearly prioritising ensuring defensive stability.
Despite the recent misfortunes of his teams – relegation, early World Cup exit – Hegazi has regularly emerged with some credit on an individual basis. He was also central to Darren Moore’s late, and ultimately futile, revival of West Brom last season.
As exciting as this current Wolves squad is, they lack Premier League experience. Nuno then will be hoping Hegazi can come in and become a leading, marshalling presence amongst his back line.
The Egyptian’s aerial prowess could also become a key asset for Wolves, making them more of a threat from set pieces. He chipped in with a couple of goals last season, and was often to be seen giving opposition defenders a hard time in their own penalty area.
Wolves’ recent capture of Willy Boly from Porto on a permanent deal could signal that Nuno has settled his defensive business for the summer, but it could be that he is still looking to bring in some more depth at the back.
If that is the case then the acquisition of Hegazi, valued at £4.5 million by Transfermarkt, would signal the completion of a mean-looking collection of centre-backs set to ply their trade at Molineux in the Premier League this season.