West Bromwich Albion are said to have lodged a complaint with FIFA over the sale of Ahmed Hegazi to Al-Ittihad Jeddah, as per a recent report by the Express & Star.
The Egyptian centre back previously joined the Saudi Arabian side on an initial loan deal back in October of last year. which was then made permanent last summer for a fee of £2.5 million, which had been pre-agreed when the initial temporary agreement was struck.
However it appears that the Baggies are still yet to have been paid the full amount by Al-Ittihad, which has left the two clubs at an impasse.
Having had to have put up with the Saudi side disputing over how much of the fee is left to be paid, West Brom have turned to FIFA in order to resolve the issue.
Albion are hopeful that they will find a resolution to the problem this week, with the Midlands club potentially in line for a welcome windfall ahead of the January transfer window.
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Hegazi previously played over 100 games for the Baggies during his time in England and was amongst one of their highest earners.
West Brom have certainly done the right thing by escalating this issue to the higher powers within the game, as clearly they feel they have been short changed.
It is bizarre that the buying club didn’t pay the entire fee up front, but nowadays many transfer deals are made up of add-ons and instalments, which helps the purchasing party to save costs in the short term.
The Baggies could certainly benefit from receiving some form of cash income from this issue being resolved and will be hoping that it doesn’t hang over them for too much longer.
FIFA are sure to come down hard on the Saudi club if it is found that they are yet to have paid the full amount.