West Bromwich Albion have decided not to sign on loan defender Ali Gabr on a permanent deal, according to the Birmingham Mail.  

The Egyptian international joined the club on loan from Egyptian outfit Zamalek in January, but he failed to make a first team appearance for the Baggies under Alan Pardew or Darren Moore.

He is currently in Russia representing Egypt at the World Cup, but he won’t be playing with fellow countryman Ahmed Hegazy again next season.

Gabr did feature in a number of match day squads for Albion, but was often an unused substitute as he wasn’t utilised during the Baggies dismal campaign.

The Egyptian did feature in one U23’s game for the club against Brighton, but he was on the wrong side of a 5-1 defeat.

He was part of the Egyptian side that faced Uruguay on Friday and had the task of keeping both Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani quiet.

Gabr impressed alongside Baggies defender Ahmed Hegazy as the Pharaohs were cruelly denied a draw in the 89th minute.

After suffering relegation to the Championship for the first time since 2010, West Brom are now having to build for a season where they can gain instant promotion back to the top flight.

Their leaky defence was one of the main reasons as to why the Midlanders dropped out of the Premier League, but Gabr wont be on hand to help tighten up the back line.

It will be a busy summer for Darren Moore as he goes in search of new players to help boost the promotion push at The Hawthorns,  but Gabr won’t be part of the revolution in the Black Country.


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