Report: West Brom turn to Ahmed Hegazy after £8m loan fee ends their Kurt Zouma pursuit

West Brom manager Tony Pulis

West Bromwich Albion had wanted to sign Kurt Zouma from Chelsea, but have now switched their attention elsewhere after being quoted an £8 million loan fee.

According to a report from the Express and Star, West Brom have decided to switch their attention to Egypt international Ahmed Hegazy after being quoted an eye-watering fee to take Kurt Zouma on loan.

The Express and Star reports that the Baggies were keen on taking Zouma from Stamford Bridge on a season-long deal, but faced competition for his signature from Stoke City.

Chelsea's Kurt Zouma celebrates after the matchChelsea's Kurt Zouma was on West Brom's radar

However, Tony Pulis' men have distanced themselves from a move for the centre-back after being told that the 22-year-old will cost £8 million - just to sign on loan for the upcoming season, the Express and Star suggests.

In light of the startling loan fee for Zouma, the Express and Star adds that West Brom plan to target Hegazy, who currently plays for Egyptian side Al Ahly.

Once again, the Baggies' plan is to take the 26-year-old on a season-long loan, but the Express and Star adds that they plan to put the move together with a view to a permanent one next summer.

If Hegazy does arrive at the Hawthorns, it will not be the centre-back's first taste of European football - though he will be hoping, if does sign for the Baggies, his time in the Premier League goes a lot better than his spell with Fiorentina. 

West Brom manager Tony Pulis before the matchWest Brom manager Tony Pulis

He made just three appearances in the top flight for the Serie A side across three seasons with the club, with a number of long-term injuries leaving him sidelined for much of his time in Italy. 

And given how depleted West Brom's squad is currently, Pulis will be desperately hoping that, this time, the luck is on Hegazy's side if he does arrive.

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