West Ham target Ahmed Hegazi has £10m release clause in his West Brom contract

26 Jun

Ahmed Hegazi has a £10million release clause in his West Brom contract that West Ham are reportedly considering triggering.

Hegazi, the centre-back, impressed playing for the Baggies last season despite their relegation from the Premier League. He joined the club on loan last summer, before West Brom made Hegazi a permanent signing from Al-Ahly just before Christmas.

Hegazi caught the eye last season despite West Brom’s relegation from the Premier League

The 27-year-old, who represented Egypt at the World Cup before they were knocked out at the group stage, started all 38 league matches for the Baggies last season, and he caught the eye of rival Premier League sides.

And, according to the Express and Star, Hegazi can be bought for £10m this summer due to a release clause written into his contract at the Hawthorns.

West Ham are one of the top flight sides said to be considering whether to match the clause, having seen bids for defenders Craig Dawson, also of West Brom, and Swansea’s Alfie Mawson rejected this summer.

Hegazi was unable to prevent Egypt from falling out the World Cup at the group stage

Losing Hegazi would leave Darren Moore, the West Brom manager, with serious work to do on his defence as the Baggies prepare for life in the Championship. Jonny Evans has already been sold to Leicester, with the Foxes triggering his release clause, while Gareth McAuley is leaving the Hawthorns when his contract expires at the end of the month.