EXCLUSIVE: Burnley, Watford among English clubs with ‘serious’ interest in Tarek Hamed
Burnley FC are close to making an offer for Egypt and Zamalek midfielder Tarek Hamed, while Watford and two Championship clubs have also shown interest, KingFut understands.
Despite a disappointing tournament for the Pharaohs in Russia, 29-year-old midfielder Tarek Hamed put in some strong performances in Egypt’s first appearance at a World Cup in 28 years, catching the eyes of several European clubs.
Among them, KingFut can confirm, are Premier League sides Burnley FC and Watford FC, with the former considering to put in a bid for the combative Egyptian midfielder, amid uncertainty over his future with Egyptian giants Zamalek SC.
It is understood that two Championship sides are also monitoring Hamed, who has been capped 27 times by Egypt, one of which scouted the player during the Pharaohs’ opening match with Uruguay, and were very impressed with his performance.
The Zamalek star has been heavily tipped to join newly re-branded Egyptian club Pyramids, especially due to the relationship between Zamalek president Mortada Mansour and Pyramids’ Saudi investor Turki Al-Sheikh; however, there is a clause in Hamed’s contract which allows him to join a foreign club if a bid of $2 million is received.
On Thursday night, Al-Sheikh posted a photo with Mansour on his official Facebook page stating that Hamed is staying with the White Knights, while announcing that Pyramids are on the verge of completing deals for Zamalek goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shennawy and winger Mostafa Fathi.
KingFut understands it’s Hamed’s desire to move to England or another foreign league, rather than join Pyramids, who’ve recently signed Egypt internationals Ali Gabr and Omar Gaber from Zamalek and Los Angeles FC respectively, among other Egyptian Premier League stars.
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