Filed: Saturday, 2nd June 2012
By: Staff Writer
That is according to Sunderland’s out-of-favour Ahmed Elmohamady and an Egyptian news website...
The 24-year-old Egyptian international has spent the last two years with Sunderland and was part of the national squad that won both the 2008 and 2010 African Nations Cup tournaments.
However since the arrival of current boss Martin O'Neill midway through last season, Elmohamady has slipped down the pecking order and made just four Premier League appearances since January - all as a substitute - for the north east club.
As a result, the player - who was briefly linked with Arsenal last month - has set his sights on a move further afield and according to ahram online, could be on his way to east London.
"West Ham are in talks with me. There could be something next week," Elmohamady is reported to have told Modern Sports in a 'brief phone interview' following Egypt's 2-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Mozambique last night.
Born in Basyoun in 1987, the player began his pro career in 2004 with Egyptian Premier League outfit Ghazl El-Mahalla and was a permanent fixture in the first team from the age of 17.
In 2006 he switched allegiances to another Egyptian side, the wonderfully-named Engineering for the Petroleum and Process Industries Club (aka ENPPI) with whom he remained until 2010 when Sunderland took him to the Stadium of Light on loan.
Despite interest from other clubs such as West Brom and Belgian side Club Brugge, Elmohamady joined the Black Cats - initially on loan - in July 2010.
After making an impressive start his move was made permanent in March of the following year when then-manager Steve Bruce exercised a £2million clause in his contract.
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05:05PM 2nd Jun 2012
''Still young but hasn't showed anything to warrant he will be a Premier League player, yet. Good piece of business if we can recoup our outlay and even make money on him.''
03:32PM 2nd Jun 2012
''He's exactly the type of pony signing that'll see us relegated again.''