Aston Villa still want another defender despite the imminent arrival of Tyrone Mings. Kortney Hause has also joined Aston Villa this summer but Dean Smith wants one more centre-back in his ranks.
According to BBC Sport, West Bromwich Albion star Ahmed Hegazi is the latest transfer target for Aston Villa. The Villans recently went on a scouting mission at the Africa Cup of Nations to watch Hegazi and others.
Aston Villa manager Smith and Sporting Director Jesus Garcia Pitarch travelled to Cairo to watch Egypt crash out in a shock defeat against South Africa. The hosts were dumped out of the AFCON but Aston Villa representatives were eagerly watching the game.
As well as keeping their tabs on current right-back Ahmed Elmohamady, Aston Villa also watched Trezeguet (£10m-rated Kasimpasa winger) and Hegazi.
And Hegazi could become an Aston Villa player later this summer if they firm up their interest. The 28-year-old was a key part of the Baggies’ defence last season, playing 43 games.
But he could be on the move across the West Midlands. After losing to Aston Villa in the play-off semi-final, Hegazi might be making the move to Villa Park and the Premier League.
Hegazi is a strong defender who is good in the air and proven at Premier League level. But this signing should depend entirely on price.
If West Brom are demanding a sizeable fee, Aston Villa should look at alternative options, such as Adam Webster of Bristol City. But options of Hegazi, James Chester, Mings and Hause should equip Aston Villa well for the Premier League.