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West Brom sign Egypt defender Ali Gabr

29 Jan 2018
Ali-Gabr signs for West Brom, credit

Centre-back joins on loan from Zamalek with option of permanent deal at end of season

West Bromwich Albion have completed the loan signing of defender Ali Gabr from Egyptian side Zamalek FC.

The 29-year-old has agreed to move to The Hawthorns until the end of the season, after which Albion have an option to make the transfer permanent at a fee already agreed between the clubs.

Gabr, who has been capped 18 times by Egypt, is West Brom’s first signing of the January transfer window and is the second Egyptian centre-back to join the club this season, after summer arrival Ahmed Hegazi.

"I spoke to Ahmed a lot before I came over. We were in constant contact," Gabr told West Brom's official website.

"We've known each other for a long time and have played with each other for a long time, even when we were much younger. I feel very comfortable playing alongside him because of our experience together with the national team."

The Baggies are next in Premier League action at leaders Manchester City on Wednesday, 31 January.

See: All January's transfers

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