SUNDERLAND appear to have decided against keeping Ahmed Elmohamady at the Stadium of Light next season, and that has given Hull City the green light to sign him.
The Egyptian international is still under contract at Sunderland after completing a season-long loan at the KC Stadium, where he was named Player of the Year.
And there was the prospect that Paolo Di Canio might look to improve a player who was super-fit and fast at the Stadium of Light but whose crossing ability let him down – the 25-year-old can play at right-wing or right back and the Italian might have fancied him as an overlapping full-back.
But it looks as though Sunderland are happy to let him leave and now all that remains is for the player himself to agree wages – he was on a good deal at Sunderland and Hull will be able to pay Premier League wages now they are promoted but the Tigers will not want to pay more than he was on at the Stadium of Light.
The then Sunderland boss Steve Bruce, now of course at Hull, paid £2million to sign Elmohamady in 2010 and although the fee remains undisclosed as things stand, the Black Cats are likely to want to recoup that fee and possibly a little more.
They would regard that as good business – bringing money into the coffers from the sale of a player who does not figure in the current manager’s plans while at the same time removing another wage from the wage bill on top of the impending departures of Matt Kilgallon and Titus Bramble.
Hull’s managing director Nick Thompson said: “We are in the process of negotiating a deal. We know where we stand with Sunderland on the price and now it’s a case of agreeing a deal with the player and his agent.
“When it comes to a contract, Premier League expectations from players sometimes will not match up with our expectations.
“It’s a case of talking and coming to a point where you can agree a reasonable position.”