West Brom has completed the permanent signing of Egypt international defender Ahmed Hegazi.
Albion has activated their option on the 26-year-old following his initial loan move from Al Ahly in the summer, signing him for an undisclosed fee on a deal until the summer of 2022.
The Baggies opted to make the transfer permanent in recognition of the defender’s impressive form in his debut Premier League season.
Hegazy has made 19 appearances for West Brom so far this season and scored one goal.
Albion head coach Alan Pardew told his club’s official website: “This is great news for the club – Ahmed has been absolutely terrific for me since I arrived and I am sure there is, even more, to come from him in the future.
“He is one of the players we can build around on the road ahead. He has a big role to play and it is good for the player and the club to remove any doubts and make the transfer permanent.
“I’m sure it is something the supporters will also welcome.”
Hegazi, who has made 42 appearances for Egypt, added: “I am very happy with the club and very happy to be part of this group of players.
“I know the results are not what we would want at the moment. But there is a great spirit here and I am sure that we will turn the results in our favour before long.”