Bruce seals Egyptian swoop
Sunderland have completed their third signing of the summer after landing Egyptian ace Ahmed Al-Muhammadi.
Last Updated: 02/07/10 5:58pm
Sunderland have completed their third signing of the summer after landing Egypt international Ahmed Al-Muhammadi on a season-long loan.
The Black Cats agreed a deal with ENPPI for the 22-year-old's services earlier this week and he has now joined after passing a routine medial.
The 42-cap international is the club's third capture of the close season following the arrivals of Cruz Azul's Cristian Riveros and Belgian keeper Simon Mignolet.
Sunderland have the option of securing Al-Muhammadi's signature permanently next summer should he impress in his debut campaign in England's top flight.
He began his career with hometown club Ghazl El-Mehalla, making his first-team debut for the Farmers aged just 17 before moving to Cairo-based ENPPI in 2006.
Black Cats boss Steve Bruce has expressed his delighted at capturing the Egypt international, stating he has been a long-term target for the club.
"We're delighted to get the deal done," said Bruce. "Ahmed is a player we've been aware of for a long time and we know exactly what he will bring to the squad.
"His pace and direct style will be an asset to us and give the team an extra dimension on the right-hand side.
"At only 22 he is already an experienced international, which will serve him well as he adjusts to life in the Premier League.
"I expect it will take him time to settle but Ahmed is a player who can have a big impact in this division and we welcome him to the club."