Slaven Bilic ‘FURIOUS with West Brom after £4m sale of defender Ahmed Hegazi to Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad was sanctioned by club chiefs behind his back’
- West Brom have endured a nightmare start to the new Premier League season
- The top flight newcomers have taken just two points due to their poor early form
- Slaven Bilic’s woes have now increased after the departure of Ahmed Hegazi
- Bilic is said to be furious that the £4m deal was sanctioned without his approval
West Brom boss Slaven Bilic is reportedly furious with the club after Ahmed Hegazi was sold without his go-ahead.
The defender, 29, has joined Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Ittihad for a fee of £4million – and it has since been suggested the transfer was sanctioned at boardroom level behind Bilic’s back.
The Sun claim that Bilic has been undermined by Hegazi’s shock exit, a situation made worse following the poor start to the season.
Slaven Bilic is reportedly furious with West Brom chiefs after Ahmed Hegazi’s £4million sale
Hegazi (R) joined Al-Ittihad in a switch said to have been sanctioned without Bilic’s go-ahead
Hegazi departed the Hawthorns just 24 hours before West Brom travel to Brighton in search of their first win following their return to the Premier League.
Bilic, who managed Al-Ittihad before taking up his role in the Midlands, has been left infuriated by the supposedly secret manner of the transfer.
With Hegazi’s £70,000-a-week deal set to expire in 2022, the club’s hierarchy are said to have deemed the offer as one they couldn’t turn down.
Egypt international Hegazi was able to leave the club just 24 hours before their Brighton clash
Despite the experienced centre back featuring just 14 times in the Championship last season, Hegazi may have helped strengthen Bilic’s shaky backline.
It has been suggested that the Egypt international was keen to move to Saudi Arabia and will earn a pay rise on his existing terms.
The club have been dogged by turmoil in the transfer market this season and spent far less than their fellow new boys Leeds and Fulham.
Former West Ham and Besiktas coach Bilic was keen to bring in a number of quality new faces to help stave off an immediate return to the Championship.
Boss Bilic and West Brom have endured a nightmare start to their Premier League return so far
Karlan Grant arrived from Huddersfield for £15m but West Brom had endured a poor window
David Button, Cedric Kipre and Branislav Ivanovic all joined for a meagre outlay, with Chelsea starlet Conor Gallagher also arriving on loan.
Meanwhile, Grady Diangana, Callum Robinson, Matheus Pereira and Filip Krovinovic all played key roles in the club’s promotion charge last term.
A fee of £15million was splashed out on bringing in striker Karlan Grant from Huddersfield – but it has since surfaced that West Brom brokered a delayed deal spread out across six years after torturous negotiations.
The strugglers have taken just two points from an available 25 to cap off their nightmare start to the campaign.
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