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Reports: Mamelodi Sundowns star Percy Tau concludes medical with Brighton & Hove Albion, set to be loaned out

9:36 pm AEST 19/7/18
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The Masandawana star is reportedly set to put pen to paper today on a deal that will see him realise his European dream

Despite Mamelodi Sundowns star Percy Tau set to complete his move to Brighton and Hove Albion, he is likely to be loaned out.

The 24-year-old has been at the centre of a long-drawn out transfer saga involving the English Premier League side and Masandawana following an impressive 2017/18 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season.

In an effort to force a move to Europe, Tau subsequently absconded and was not part of the Tshwane giants’ pre-season preparations.

However, Tau has since apologised and has been given the blessing of club president Patrice Motsepe to conclude a move which could see him join the Seagulls for a mammoth transfer fee in excess of R50 million, making Tau one of South African football's most expensive exports. 

But the impending move has raised several questions regarding Tau’s eligibility for a work permit due to his national team Bafana Bafana’s lowly ranking and his lack of international caps.

Nonetheless, TimesLive report that with Tau’s medical having been concluded, the attacker is reportedly now set to be loaned out.

Tau’s loan destination though, is not known as yet, but the report explains that this decision could have been brought on by the fact that he missed Brighton’s pre-season preparations and will need time to acclimatise, as well as the difficulty in getting a work permit.  

Nonetheless, according to the publication, Tau is set to put pen to paper on a deal with Brighton today, with the terms of the contract likely to announced at a later stage.

Tau's chances of first team football at Brighton also seem glum after Brighton roped in 25-year-old Florin Andone, who plays in a similar position as Tau. 

Meanwhile, the Sundowns star will join a host of other African stars who are currently on the books of Brighton. This includes Mali international Yves Bissouma, who recently concluded a move from Lille on a five-year deal‚ Morocco’s Soufyan Ahannach and Nigerian Leon Balogun among others.