West Brom Complete Loan Signing of Al Ahly Defender & Egypt International Ahmed Hegazi
West Brom have completed the loan signing of Egypt international Ahmed Hegazi.
The Baggies have the option of signing the former Fiorentina man, who will join up with the squad in Hong Kong ahead of their Premier League Asia Trophy pre-season tournament, on a permanent deal after the loan spell.
West Brom manager Tony Pulis told the club's website: "We're pleased he's here, he's a good addition. He's got good pedigree and has played for some good clubs. Hopefully he'll be a good signing for us.
"With it being a loan and, if he does well, we've already agreed a final deal. It's really, really good for us."
Chairman John Williams added: "We're delighted to add Ahmed to the squad. He caught our eye at the African championships and we've been tracking him ever since."
Hegazi's move to West Brom is his second venture into European football after a frustrating stay with Serie A side Fiorentina, making just four appearances for the Italian club before leaving for Perugia on loan.
He soon returned to Egypt and joined Al Ahly, making 56 appearances in all competitions for the African club and also becoming a staple for his national team, having gained 39 caps since his debut in 2011.
The signing provides defensive reinforcements for West Brom, who have the likes of Gareth McAuley, Jonny Evans and Craig Dawson available at centre-back.
The Hawthorns club are looking to improve upon their Premier League finish of 10th last season after a poor run of form towards the end of the campaign saw them slip down the table.