Stoke confident over Ramadan Sohbi deal

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HITC Sport understands work permit will need to be appealed

Stoke City are confident that Egyptian star Ramadan Sohbi will be granted a work-permit to play in the Premier League, HITC Sport understands.

The 19-year-old forward is regarded as one of the brightest talents in African football and a host of clubs have been chasing him in recent months.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Roma and Ajax have all taken a keen interest, but Stoke have finally managed to strike a deal with his club Al Ahly.

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Stoke first made an offer a few weeks ago, but they returned with an increased bid of over £5 million this week which was accepted by the club's board on Tuesday evening.

Sohbi will now travel to England this weekend, but with Ramadan currently ongoing in Egypt and around the world, his travel will be delayed.

Despite him being a full international, he does not fully meet the criteria for an automatic permit - so Stoke will appeal, but they are confident that he will be granted permission to play in England.

A source told HITC Sport: "The club believe they will get one, he is one of the best young talents in world football - they are very excited about him."

Stoke pushed ahead with their deal for Sohbi after finally seeing Nani opt for a move to Valencia, despite interest from the a number of clubs in England - including Stoke.

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