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Steve Bruce: Rami Rabia ‘has a big future’
Following the 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion, Hull City manager Steve Bruce confirmed KingFut.com’s report that the club are interested in 20-year-old defensive midfielder Rabia – who also plays as a centre-back – and said he considered him as “one for the future.”
“There’s a young midfield player we’re trying to bring in,” Bruce told David Burns of BBC Radio Humberside.
“We’d like to have a look at him. He’s one for the future. He’s only 20 years old and he has a big future ahead of him. It would be nice to have a look at him for six months.”
Steve Bruce warned that securing a work permit could prove difficult, as the Ahly starlet would have to join on the basis of an ‘extraordinary talent’.
However, a permit is not the only obstacle standing between Rabia’s January transfer as Al Ahly have rejected an offer from the Tigers, who reportedly have requested to take him on a “trial period” first.
Al Ahly director of football Sayed Abdel-Hafiz said the club would “totally refuse” any offer to take Rabia on loan before signing him.
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.
The Ahly youth product captained the U-20 Egyptian national team to an African Cup of Nations triumph in March, before featuring at the 2013 U-20 World Cup.
This is not the only Egyptian starlet that recently caught the eye of Steve Bruce, 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.