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Ahly reject Gedo loan to Championship, agent dimisses Cardiff interest
Mohamed Nagy ‘Gedo’, who re-joined Hull City on a six-month loan deal from Al Ahly in August, has attracted interest from other English sides as he struggles to break into Steve Bruce’s team this season.
The 29-year-old hit five goals in his first five starts to help the Tigers achieve promotion to the Premier League while on loan at the KC Stadium last season, but has rarely found himself on the teamsheet since recovering from an ankle injury.
Bruce acknowledged Gedo has had a frustrating season thus far as the Egyptian striker’s chances have been ‘blocked’ with Robert Koren, Danny Graham and Yannick Sagbo ‘doing well’.
Despite Gedo’s limited playing time for Hull City this season, agent Mamdouh Eid says the club are still keen to hold on to him as Al Ahly request to end his loan short.
Cairo giants Al Ahly are hoping Hull City will send Gedo back to them by January 16, as it is the closing date to register players in the African Champions League.
Mamdouh Eid revealed some English clubs – without naming them to ‘preserve’ negotiations – have shown interest in Gedo this transfer window, but denied reports linking him with Cardiff City.
“There are a number of English clubs that want to sign him [Gedo], the player wants to continue his professional career [abroad] at least until the end of the season,” said Eid.
“I can not permit [to name the clubs] on behalf of the clubs that are interested in the player in order to preserve the negotiations, but I can confirm that those clubs don’t include Cardiff City,” he concluded.
Al Ahly have confirmed there has been a loan offer from a Championship side, but the club rejected the deal as they seek to strengthen their frontline with Gedo back within their ranks.
“Ahly received a formal letter from Hull City informing them that there is a formal offer from an English second division team to loan Gedo until the end of the ongoing season,” Ahly football director Hady Khashaba told the club’s official website Saturday.
“We responded to that letter refusing the offer and asked Hull’s management to allow the player back to Ahly in case they don’t want to complete the current loan deal,” Khashaba concluded.
Gedo was handed his first start this season in a 2-0 win against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup last weekend, but was played out of position – on the left wing – and was not named in the squad that faced Chelsea yesterday.
His opportunities at the club are expected to only be further limited as Hull City are in talks to sign strikers Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long from Everton and West Brom respectively.