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Why West Brom signed Hegazi on loan - Tony Pulis

02:05 EAT 20/07/2017
Ahmed Hegazi
The defender switched to the Baggies on a temporary deal to try himself out in the tasking English topflight, according to his new manager

Tony Pulis has stated that West Bromwich Albion opted to sign Ahmed Hegazi on loan from Al Ahly out of safety.

The Egyptian centre half put pen to paper with the Baggies on a temporary basis, a deal that has an option to be made permanent at the end of the season given the player's adaptation to the English Premier League.

The former Stoke City manager is of the opinion that not signing the 26-year-old outrightly would aid help him settled in England.

"It's a magnificent deal for us as a football club and it gives us the opportunity to see if he can adapt to the Premier League," Pulis told Sky Sports. 

"We have got it all tied in with the club that if we like him we can take him.

"I don't want to put too much pressure on the lad. We've been looking at him for a long time and we've managed to get the deal we wanted.

"We didn't want to take the chance of signing him on a permanent deal because you just don't know the character and the understanding of English football and English tradition and the English values of life.

"So I think we've got the perfect deal and you don't get them too often," he concluded.