AHMED Elmohamady was the only departure from the Stadium of Light on transfer deadline day, just days after Martin O’Neill indicated the Egyptian was expected to remain with Sunderland.
Elmohamady rejoined Championship promotion-chasers Hull City on loan until the end of the season yesterday, just a fortnight after the winger was recalled from his initial spell at the KC Stadium.
The 25-year-old was brought back to Wearside after injuries and departures left Sunderland’s squad depleted, and he made a brief cameo from the bench in the victory at Wigan a fortnight ago.
With only Danny Graham added to the squad since then, Sunderland boss O’Neill told SportMail earlier this week that Elmohamady was unlikely to be allowed to depart before the transfer deadline.
“I wouldn’t have thought he’ll go before Thursday,” said O’Neill.
But Sunderland have allowed Elmohamady to re-join former Black Cats boss Steve Bruce until May, with the former ENPPI man expected to be involved at Millwall tomorrow.
Elmohamady had been keen to return to Hull after starting 23 times for the Tigers, and playing a key role in their promotion push.
And with a clause understood to be included in the deal to make it permanent, should Bruce’s side secure a spot in the Premier League, Elmohamady could well remain with the club beyond the summer.
Sunderland also confirmed yesterday that Louis Saha has now parted ties with the Black Cats.
The 34-year-old only penned a 12-month contract with the club last summer after his release by Spurs, but he failed to start a Premier League game, and was limited to 11 outings from the bench, without finding the net.
Saha has been in talks with South African club Bidvest Wits, although he also has options in Asia and America’s MLS.
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