AHMED Elmohamady is likely to join West Ham United on loan, if he completes his exit from Sunderland.
The Sunderland winger claimed after Egypt’s 2-0 victory over Mozambique in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier that he was close to finalising his mooted move to Upton Park.
Elmohamady said: “West Ham are in talks with me. There could be something next week.”
SportMail understands that the most likely nature of the deal is that Elmohamady would move to the Premier League newcomers on an initial season-long loan, with a view to a permanent deal next summer.
Sam Allardyce is keen to find cost-effective solutions in the transfer market following West Ham’s play-off success, with the Hammers boss already showing his eye for a bargain by closing in on a deal for out-of-contract Bolton keeper Jussi Jääskeläinen .
And Elmohamady falls into the same category, with Black Cats boss Martin O’Neill ready to listen to offers for the 25-year-old, who has two years left to run on his Sunderland contract.
Elmohamady was signed by former boss Steve Bruce on a permanent deal last summer after completing a season-long loan the year before.
But following Bruce’s dismissal, Elmohamady has found himself confined to the fringes under O’Neill – failing to start under the former Aston Villa manager and appearing just seven times from the bench.
While O’Neill has not pro-actively offered the former ENPPI man’s services to other clubs, he has been prepared to give the go-ahead to his exit from Wearside.
Likewise, Elmohamady has realised his future is away from Sunderland, although he has made it clear that he wants to remain in the Premier League.
West Ham have always been in pole position to land Elmohamady, although there has been interest from him in Germany, while Sheffield Wednesday were keen to take him on loan last March.
But the Hammers will look to push through a deal as their preparations for the top flight continue, with Sunderland left-back George McCartney – who spent last season on loan at Upton Park – likely to join Elmohamady in East London.