Aston Villa are set to sign highly-rated Hull City full back Ahmed Elmohamady, having activated his £1 million release clause, with the player leaving Hull’s summer training camp yesterday, according to the Hull Daily Mail.

Steve Bruce had been searching for a replacement for 23-year-old defender Jordan Amavi, who had agreed an £8 million deal to join Spanish giants Sevilla earlier in the window, and Elmohamady had been lined up as the former Nice left back’s replacement.

However, the Frenchman failed his medical with the La Liga outfit due to worries over a leg injury, thus scuppering the deal, but the deal to sign Elmohamady looks set to be completed despite this news.

The Egyptian full back, who is also a handy wing back, first joined The Tigers on loan from now divisional rivals Sunderland back in 2012, and after impressing during his loan spell, the 74-time Egypt international made a permanent switch to the KCom in the summer of 2013.

Since then, ‘Elmo’ has gone on to establish himself as a fan’s favourite at the club, making 216 appearances in all competitions for The Tigers and solidifying himself as the club’s regular left-back.

Now former manager Steve Bruce is keen to bring the 29-year-old to Villa in order to help add to the experience offered by England and Chelsea legend John Terry and bring some familiar faces to the club.

After losing talented young defender Josh Tymon to Premier League side Stoke City, Hull are reluctant to let the Egyptian go, but now the clause has been met, Leonid Slutsky can only hope he opts to stay.

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