Report: West Brom to scout Ali Gabr before deciding on £1.1m option

Darren Moore attends the Football Black List 2016 at Village Underground on March 28, 2017 in London, England.

Ali Gabr moved to England with West Bromwich Albion but has not played a single game for the now Championship side.

TOPSHOT - Burkina Faso's forward Aristide Bance kicks the ball past Egypt's defender Ali Gabr (R) during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations semi-final football match between Burkina Faso and...

West Bromwich Albion have three weeks to decide whether they want to give Ali Gabr a second chance at The Hawthorns.

The 29-year-old centre-back (below, left) moved to West Brom on loan from Zamalek in the January transfer window for a fee just shy of £500,000, but he did not make a single first-team appearance for the Baggies as they eventually finished bottom of the Premier League.

Ali Gabr of West Bromwich Albion and Ahmed El-Sayed Hegazi of West Bromwich Albion take a look around the pitch prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and West Bromwich...

As a result, the club are now uncertain whether or not to sign Gabr permanently due to his lack of impact over the last few months. It is understood that there is a clause in the towering defender’s contract, allowing the Baggies to seal a deal for £1.1 million before the end of June.

So the Express and Star report that West Brom will seize the opportunity to watch Gabr in action during Egypt’s friendly clash against Belgium in Brussels on Wednesday night.

Egypt's defender Ali Gabr (C) heads the ball between Ghana's forward Jordan Ayew (L) and Ghana's midfielder Samuel Tetteh (R) during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group D football match...

West Brom want to see how Gabr fares against top quality opposition. Although the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens should give him more problems than he would face in the Championship next season.

If Gabr holds his own, the £1.1 million deal could suddenly look all the more tempting; especially as Gabr is expected to start alongside fellow Baggies centre-back Ahmed Hegazi at the World Cup in Russia.

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