Egyptians claim Black Cats deal

Season-long loan said to have been agreed for full-back

Al-Muhammadi: Heading to England

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Sunderland have reached an agreement to sign Egypt international Ahmed Al-Muhammadi on loan with a view to a permanent deal, according to the defender's parent club.

The Black Cats are believed to have made an initial move for the full-back in the January transfer window but his club, ENPPI, ignored the approach.

ENPPI, though, have now agreed to a season-long loan of Al-Muhammadi for a fee of £500,000 while Sunderland will also have the option to buy the 22-year-old for £2m at the end of 2010/11, with ENPI holding the right to obtain 15 per cent of the player in any re-sale.

Al-Muhammadi, who took part in the 2009 Confederations Cup, is expected in England on Wednesday to complete the final discussions of his move.

"We have worked out the details of the move with Sunderland's officials," ENPPI football director Alaa Abdul-Sadek told


"Al-Muhammadi will travel to England late on Tuesday to wrap up the negotiations and undergo a medical.

"We agreed to loan him to Sunderland on a season-long loan contract for £1million with a view to a permanent deal."

ENPPI announced in May that Sunderland had tabled an offer for the wing-back but Steve Bruce's club denied the statement.

Al-Muhammadi's agent, Nader Shawki, revealed that both clubs agreed on the transfer fee after prolonged talks.

"They first disagreed over the financial matters and the payment method but eventually overcame their differences," said Shawki.