Hibs striker on the move
Abdessalam Benjelloun has agreed to join Al Shaab, according to the United Arab Emirates side .
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 02/01/09 10:33am
Hibernian striker Abdessalam Benjelloun has agreed to join Al Shaab, according to the United Arab Emirates club.
Benjelloun signed for Hibs from Maghreb Fez in his native Morocco and became an instant hit with the fans when he came off the bench to net the winner in the Edinburgh derby against bitter rivals Hearts in April 2006.
The Morocco international featured 69 times for the Edinburgh club scoring 16 goals.
The 23-year-old was plagued by injuries during his time at Easter Road and was often used as an impact substitute with 35 of his appearances coming from the bench.
The striker was loaned out to Belgium side Charleroi, who are now managed by former Hibs boss John Collins, for the first half of this season.
Benjelloun was expected to return to Scotland on 9th January, but Al Shaab have moved quickly to get their man.
"Al Shaab has reached an agreement in principle with Abdessalam Benjelloun," chairman Ibrahim Bahouir explained.
"No contract has yet been signed between the two parties. But we have a desire in common to conclude this deal."