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Hull City request to loan Al Ahly youngster Rami Rabia

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Posted on December 20, 2013
Egypt U-20 Rami Rabia

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Al Ahly youngster Rami Rabia could be off to English side Hull City on loan until the end of the season, pending the club‘s approval.

Al Ahly have received an offer from Hull City to loan 20-year-old Egyptian defender Rami Rabia, according to the player’s agent Mamdouh Eid.

Hull City are said to have sent an offer to the Egyptian club for the centre-back – who also plays as a defensive midfielder – prior to the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup, but negotiations were delayed until after the tournament.

Rabia would have to join Hull City on the basis of an ‘extraordinary talent’ as he has not played 75% of the Egyptian national team’s games – which is required by all foreign players that join the Premier League in order to receive a work permit – but Rami would be exempted from that rule, according to his agent Eid.

“Rami can be allowed to join Hull on the basis of extraordinary talent as he is only 20 years of age. He also participated in the U-20 World Cub and won the African Cup of Nations with Egypt,” Mamdouh Eid said.

“The player also participated in four of Egypt’s last five games,” he concluded.

Rabia was included in Al Ahly’s starting 11 for their recent games against Guangzhou Evergrande and Mexico’s Monterrey at the Club World Cup.

The player who captained the U-20 national team during their African Cup of Nations triumph, was also linked to a move to Manchester United and Chelsea while Lille were interested in taking the player on trial.

Rabia, who has scored two goals in six games for the senior national team under Bob Bradley, was also praised by Arsene Wenger following the player’s impressive performances at the 2012 Club World Cup.

This is not the only Egyptian starlet Steve Bruce has been interested in as the Hull City manager attempted to bring ENPPI’s Mahmoud Kahraba – who later joined Swiss side FC Luzern - on trial in the summer, but failed to due to work permit issues.

It is also worth nothing that agent Eid was responsible for Ahmed Fathi and Mohamed ‘Gedo’ Nagy’s transfer to the English club last season, with the latter managing to score five goals in 12 games to help the side achieve promotion from the Championship to the Premier League. Gedo rejoined Hull City in the summer on a second loan deal from Al Ahly on transfer deadline day.

Rabia would join Egypt internationals Ahmed Elmohamady and Mohamed Nagy ‘Gedo’ at the Egyptian-owned club.

You can read more about Rami Rabia on his Player Profile.

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