Stoke City closing in on Egyptian teenage wing wizard

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Stoke City are reportedly set to sign Egypt’s 19-year-old winger Ramadan Sobhi from Martin Jol’s Al Ahly, subject to a work permit.

The deal is believed to be around £2.5m, although the former Tottenham boss is reluctant to sell one of his prized assets.

Sobhi made his Egyptian Premier League debut aged just 16, and has gone on to make over 65 appearances, scoring 14 times.

The winger is an international too, and is the second youngest player to feature for his country after former Tottenham striker Mido.

Comfortable on either wing, Sobhi can also play up front, and is regarded as one of Egyptian’s brightest prospects with a dazzling array of skill, pace and vision.

Red tape regarding a work permit has held up the deal until now, but it’s thought an agreement can be reached this week.

It has also been reported that Stoke boss Mark Hughes may loan Sobhi out this season, but that decision won’t be made for another few weeks.

The Staffordshire club are also maintaining an interest in West Brom’s wantaway striker Saido Berahino.

Crystal Palace are a potential rival for Berahino’s affections, with both clubs lacking a proven goalscorer.

Stoke will hope to have one in place by the time they face Middlesbrough on the opening day of the campaign.

It’s 9/4 the Potters claim three points at the Riverside, with Premier League-returnees Boro 13/10 to celebrate their return to the top-flight victoriously.

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