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OFFICIAL: Hull City re-sign Egypt striker Gedo on loan from Al-Ahly
Mohamed Nagy ‘Gedo’ returns to the KC Stadium – in the English Premier League this time around – as the Tigers have signed the Egypt international after Al-Ahly approved their season-long loan offer – which was only received yesterday – subject to international clearance, just a few hours before the transfer window officially closed.
Gedo, who made an instant impact after joining Hull on a six-month loan deal in January – scoring five goals in his first six games to help the Tigers seal Premier League promotion – also signed a two-year contract extension with the Cairo giants that ties him to the club until 2016, as his contract was set to expire next summer.
Al-Ahly initially turned down the offer from Hull City to re-sign the Egyptian striker, as Hady Khashaba, head of Ahly’s football department, said the offer from Hull wasn’t good enough and the club needed him for their CAF Champions League campaign. However, after hours of negotiations the Cairo giants and Hull finally reached an agreement.
Hull missed out on West Brom striker Shane Long after boss Steve Clarke had pulled the plug on a potential £5million deal, but Gedo will still surely face competition upfront from the likes of Yannick Sagbo, Danny Graham and Sone Aluko.
After his brilliant start to life at Hull, the goals dried up for Gedo as the Egyptian striker aggravated an old foot injury before featuring in a league clash against Bristol City to further worsen the problem, despite Al-Ahly club doctor Ehab Ali warning the club he should be rested for two months.
Steve Bruce had three Egyptians on loan at the KC Stadium last season with Gedo, Ahmed Fathi and Ahmed Elmohamady, but only the latter made a permanent Tigers switch this summer.
The 28-year-old striker returned to Al-Ahly following a successful foot surgery in Hull but he has yet to make an appearance after being sidelined for three months.
The former Ittihad of Alexandria star joins Ahmed Elmohamady, Mido, Amr Zaki, Hossam Ghaly, Mohamed Shawky, Ahmed Fathi and Ibrahim Said as the eighth Pharaoh to move to the English Premier League. Egyptians have scored a combined total of 34 goals in the EPL.
Gedo, who has been included in Ahly’s CAF Champions League squad list, is also included in Bob Bradley’s provisional squad ahead of the 10 September World Cup qualifier against Guinea.