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Nottingham Forest end pursuit of Egypt’s Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’
18-year-old Mahmoud Hassan will not be joining Forest this summer after the club did not come close to meeting Al-Ahly’s asking price, according to the Nottingham Post.
The Championship club were set to make an official offer for ‘Trezeguet’ this week to take the Egyptian wonder kid on loan, with a view to a permanent move, but no club have come close to matching Ahly’s valuation for the midfielder.
Trezeguet has been a regular with Al-Ahly’s senior team since last summer, helping the club win the 2012 CAF Champions League and CAF Super Cup, while also featuring in the Club World Cup.
Al-Ahly, who were said to be willing to sell if the right offer was made, have now decided to keep the player in the short term future, at least until their 2013 CAF Champions League and potential FIFA Club World Cup campaigns have concluded.
Obtaining a work permit would’ve been another obstacle that would likely blocked Mahmoud Hassan from playing in England next season, since he is not a full Egypt international.
Trezeguet caught the attention of clubs across Europe following his impressive performances in Turkey with the likes of Atlético Madrid, Gent, Lille, Stuttgart and Dutch giants Ajax all said to be keeping tabs on him, but it is understood Ahly would only be prepared to allow the central midfielder to leave in January.
The attack-minded midfielder, regarded as one of Ahly’s and Egypt’s hottest prospects, scored a brilliant solo goal against England in a 2-0 win for Rabie Yassin’s side at the U-20 World Cup, although the Young Pharaohs failed to progress beyond the group stages of the tournament in Turkey.