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El-Gabas hat-trick has Egyptian winger on verge of Ligue 2 switch

Posted on January 18, 2014

Mohamed El-Gabas

A hat-trick with AC Arles-Avignon has the Egyptian trialist on the verge of a Ligue 2 switch.

Mohamed ‘Dodo’ El-Gabas made a great impression on his first appearance during his trial with French side Arles-Avignon, after he scored three goals in a 3-2 friendly win against US Marignane.

The 26-year-old Egyptian winger is looking for new club after he ended a short period with League One side , who he played for during the last six months after joining them in the summer.

During his time with the English team he didn’t have much playing time despite being chosen as Man of the Match on his only start for the club – in a Football League Trophy clash against Plymouth.

French football website Foot National mentioned the Egyptian is close to signing a contract with the Ligue 2 side after impressing with his hat-trick while on trial.

Mohamed El-Gabas was playing for the youth ranks of Al Masry at the age of 14, before being noticed by a youth scout from Newcastle. He played alongside goalkeeper Roy Carroll and now West Ham striker Andy Carroll during his time within Newcastle’s academy.

After playing for a year with Newcastle’s youth team, El-Gabas unfortunately failed to obtain a work permit and therefore was not able to sign a professional contract with the English Premier club. As a result, El-Gabas returned to his former Egyptian club Al-Masry, before he returned to Europe with Egyptian-owned Belgium team Lierse SK.

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