Aston Villa have recently been linked with a shock move for West Brom defender Ahmed Hegazi.

However, according to Saudi Arabian outlet Okaz, cited by The Boot Room, the Egyptian is close to signing for Al-Ahli.

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The report suggests that details regarding a deal for the impressive 28-year-old will be announced in the ‘coming days’.

Hegazi originally joined the Baggies back in 2017 on an initial loan deal, however, after impressing at The Hawthorns, the towering defender made his temporary move to the Midlands permanent.

The centre-back has gone on to make 85 appearances during his two-year stay, however, it appears that Hegazi may not turn out under Slaven Bilic in a competitive encounter.

Bilic has already lost Craig Dawson to Watford and Jay Rodriguez to Burnley, and losing Hegazi ahead of the new campaign will come as a huge blow to the Croat, who will now need to be active in the market for more defensive reinforcements.

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