Hull City close in on Gedo deal after talks with Egypt's Al Ahly club
HULL City remain in hot pursuit of Egyptian international striker Gedo as they seek to bring in a new goal-scorer ahead of the transfer window closing tomorrow.
The Mail understands talks over a loan deal for the 26-year-old have advanced over the past week, as attempts to bring in QPR hit-man DJ Campbell have hit problems.
Now, sources say talks with Gedo’s club, Al Ahly, have reached an advanced stage, with the deal depending on the Egyptian giants giving the move their seal of approval today.
Should that happen, City could still face a race against time to secure the paperwork needed to complete the transfer before tomorrow’s deadline.
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However, with talks now thought to have been held at boardroom level, a move to the KC Stadium for the talented frontman is now looking a distinct possibility.
The news comes as City’s hopes of bringing in another top target, QPR’s DJ Campbell, appeared to have hit a wall.
The Tigers remain one of a host of clubs still chasing the 31-year-old’s signature, but with the player keen to secure a lucrative three-and-a-half-year deal, City appear unwilling to meet his demands.
Sources say City would be willing to agree a two-and-a-half-year deal, but that is an offer which will be matched by a string of rivals, with Crystal Palace, Watford and Ipswich all believed to remain in the chase.
Tigers boss Steve Bruce has endured a frustrating month so far in his bid to add a proven goalscorer who can lead his side’s push for promotion.
Despite being willing to meet a fee of £600,000, City lost out in their bid to bring initial target Fraizer Campbell back to the KC, as the former Sunderland man agreed a three-and-a-half-year deal on £30,000 a week at Cardiff.
Having spent £3.5m in the window already by turning loans for Robbie Brady and David Meyler into permanent moves, owners Assem and Ehab Allam have already agreed to bring some of their planned budget for next summer forward.
With that in mind, Bruce will be aware a loan deal for a player such as Gedo, who has a proven track record of goals and won the Golden Boot in his country’s African Cup of Nations triumph in 2010, is one which should win support from the City boardroom.
The Tigers’ Egyptian-born owner Assem Allam has already developed strong links with Al Ahly.
It has seen him agree to welcome the Cairo-based club to the KC Stadium for a fund-raising friendly this summer, as part of City’s pre-season plans for next season.
Allam’s ownership of the Tigers, and Bruce’s track record of successfully bringing Egyptian players to the UK, could also work in City’s favour as they look to conclude a deal.
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