SUNDERLAND have announced they will offer Egypt midfielder Ahmed Elmohamady a permanent deal at the end of the season.
The 22-year-old has been on loan at the Stadium of Light since last summer, but has impressed during his time on Wearside.
The Black Cats have been in touch with Elmohamady’s Egyptian club, ENPPI, to take up an option to sign the player full-time. He will cost in the region of £2m.
“Ahmed has been a pleasure to have around the place since he joined us,” manager Steve Bruce said.
“He’s a great professional, has settled into the club and is keen to learn.
“He is adapting well to the unique demands of the Premier League and I’m certain there’s still much more to come from him.”
Elmohamady began his career with Ghazl El-Mehalla, before moving to Cairo-based ENPPI in 2006.
In March last year he played the full 90 minutes at Wembley as Egypt lost 3-1 to Fabio Capello’s England.