El-Badry: Ahly’s financial situation may see duo loaned to Hull
Al-Ahly manager Hossam El-Badry says the club may be forced to accept the loan offers from Hull City for duo Ahmed Fathi and Gedo due to the club’s current financial situation, according to the club’s official website.
Egyptian-owned Hull City, who have recently offered six-month loan deals for Al-Ahly’s Ahmed Fathi and Mohamed Nagy ‘Gedo‘, could see the duo sign for the Tigers during the current winter transfer window after Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry hinted that he might accept their departures.
El-Badry, who is naturally reluctant to allow his stars to leave as the Egyptian Premier League is set to resume in February, may be forced to accept the loan offers due to the club’s current financial problems, following a year without domestic football since the Port Said disaster.
“The club’s football committee didn’t discuss the offer with me until now, but for me, I can’t do without Gedo and Fathi under any circumstances,” El-Badry told the club’s official website on Monday.
“I could agree to let them go on loan only if that was financially beneficial for the club, but selling them on a permanent basis is totally rejected,” he added.
Ahmed Fathi, who made three appearances in the English Premier League in 2007 with Sheffield United, before being sold to Al Ahly, is hoping for a second adventure in England.
“The chance of playing in England doesn’t happen every day, on personal level, I hope to experience overseas football again,” Fathi told reporters on Monday.
“For sure I will not leave without Ahly’s consent, I just hope officials show some flexibility in negotiations to allow me move to Hull.”
28-year-old Egypt striker Gedo has an impressive record of 17 goals in 31 international outings, having re-discovered his form in 2012 under national team coach Bob Bradley.
Hull’s Egyptian owner, businessman Assem Allam, recently signed a deal with Al Ahly as his side hope to achieve promotion to the English Premier League next season.
The Tigers are currently third in the Championship table with 50 points, seven adrift of leaders Cardiff City.
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