AHMED Elmohamady will wait until the summer to decide whether his long-term future lies at Hull City.
Elmohamady re-joined the Tigers on loan on transfer deadline day after spending a fortnight back on Wearside following Martin O’Neill’s decision to recall the Sunderland winger.
The Egyptian has proved a huge hit under ex-Black Cats boss Steve Bruce at the KC Stadium, with his winner in Tuesday night’s victory over Derby County taking the Tigers back into the Championship automatic promotion places.
Bruce is keen to retain Elmohamady’s services, and there is understood to be a clause built into the loan deal to make the move permanent, should Hull end their three-year exodus from the Premier League.
But Elmohamady, who has started 26 games for Hull since initially signing in August, will keep his options open and see if anything materialises between the two clubs.
“I really enjoy being here because we play very good football, and I really hope we can keep it going and get promotion,” said the 25-year-old, who has 18 months to run on his Sunderland contract.
“It will make everybody happy to go back to the Premier League.
“But I have a contract with Sunderland, so we’ll see what happens.
“I’m just on loan to Hull at the moment.
“After the season has finished, we’ll see if there’s a decision.”
Sunderland are unlikely to stand in Elmohamady’s way if Hull offer an acceptable fee.
Elmohamady has not started in red and white since Martin O’Neill took charge at the Stadium of Light, and is known to have relished his time at Hull.
And with the club’s Egyptian owners recruiting Elmohamady’s international team-mates Gedo and Ahmed Fathi, the former ENPPI man is likely to follow David Meyler in joining the Tigers on a permanent move from Sunderland.
Elmohamady added: “I’ve been in the UK two-and-a-half years without any other Egyptian players in the Premier League and the Championship.
“It’s good for me, it’s good for them, and it’s very good for the national team to have three players in England now – and very good for Hull too.”
Meanwhile, Sunderland’s April trip to face arch-rivals Newcastle United at St James’s Park will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
The Tyne-Wear derby on Saturday, April 13, will now kick off at 12.45pm instead of the original 1.30pm slot.