Report: West Bromwich Albion decide against permanent Ali Gabr signing

Matias Vecino of Uruguay challenge for the ball with Ali Gabr of Egypt  during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group A match between Egypt and Uruguay at Ekaterinburg Arena on June 15, 2018...

West Bromwich Albion signed Ali Gabr on loan from Zamalek in the January transfer window.

Matias Vecino of Uruguay challenge for the ball with Ali Gabr of Egypt  during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group A match between Egypt and Uruguay at Ekaterinburg Arena on June 15, 2018...

West Bromwich Albion have decided not to sign Ali Gabr on a permanent contract in the summer transfer window, according to The Express & Star.

The Baggies signed Gabr from Zamalek in the January transfer window on loan for the remainder of the 2017-18 campaign.

Egypt's defender Ali Gabr (L) battles with Uruguay's forward Luis Suarez (R) during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Egypt and Uruguay at the Ekaterinburg Arena in...

According to The Express & Star, West Brom had to pay the Egyptian club a loan fee of £438,000 for the central defender and have the option to secure the services of the 29-year-old on a permanent contract for £1.1 million.

It has been reported by the same publication that the Baggies have decided against taking up the option, meaning that the Egypt international defender will now return to Zamalek.

#2 Ali Gabr of Egypt looks on during the International Friendly between Portugal and Egypt at the Letzigrund Stadium on March 23, 2018 in Zurich, Switzerland.

Good decision from West Bromwich Albion?

As reported by The Express & Star, Gabr failed to play a single match for the West Brom first team and could future just twice for the Under-23 team.

It makes sense for the Baggies, who will play in the Championship next season after getting relegated from the Premier League, not to sign the 29-year-old centre-back on a permanent contract, as he has not make any impact whatsoever - although he is involved in the ongoing 2018 World Cup finals in Russia with Egypt.

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