West Bromwich Albion are said to be close to agreeing a season-long loan for versatile defender Ahmed Hegazy, Egyptian source KingFut have revealed.

Tony Pulis has been looking to strengthen his Baggies squad ahead of trying to build on their tenth-placed finish in the Premier League last season and looks like he has found a new face to join the group.

Hegazy was a mainstay of the Egypt team in the Africa Cup of Nations earlier in the year when they were runners-up to Cameroon. The central defender was named in the team of the tournament and has been tracked by clubs since then.

The 26-year-old currently plays for Al Ahly but has had spells in Italy with Fiorentina and Perugia in the past; having represented his country on 39 occasions also, he has experience at the highest level.

He left Serie A in 2015 to head home to Egypt where he signed a five-year contract with his current club but his time there could be coming to an end.

The centre of defence was an area where Pulis needed to strengthen with Gareth McAuley reaching the latter stages of his career and so Hegazy should be a perfect fit for the Baggies.

As well as a season loan, West Brom will have the option of signing the Egyptian on a permanent basis for a fee believed to be in the region of £3.5 million, according to The Daily Mail.

He is expected to arrive in England shortly to undergo a medical and agree terms to join the likes of Jay Rodriguez and Zhang Yuning through the entrance door at The Hawthorns.

He will them aim to impress enough to make his competitive debut for the Baggies when they begin their season at home to Bournemouth on August 12.

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