Al Shaab pounce to sign Egypt midfielder Amr Al Sulaya

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Not too Shaaby: Al Sulaya.

Newly-promoted Al Shaab are set to complete their foreign quota after they agreed a deal with Isma-ily SC to sign Egypt midfielder Amr Al Sulaya.

Al Sulaya, 25, has grown into a key player for club and country in recent years. This form has seen the Commandos look to take advantage of the fact the player’s contract was set to expire next summer, a $1.2 million fee being paid to secure him.

“Ismaily SC officials, headed by Brigadier-General Mohammed Abu Saud, have agreed Amr Al Sulaya’s transfer to Al Shaab,” a statement read on the Yellow Dragons’ Facebook page.

“The player has agreed to the contract. This brings the curtain down on any transfer to another Egyptian club and there is a clause which prevents the club selling the player to any Egyptian club before the end of the season.”

Al Shaab are yet to confirm the move but Egyptian reports stated he travelled to the UAE for a medical on Friday.

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When the transfer is made official, Al Sulaya will join Tractor Sazi defender Celios Santos and Cobresal centre forward Matias Donoso as fresh faces within the four-pla-yer non-Emirati selection.

French striker Michael Ndri is the only one retained from the side which finished second in the 2014/15 UAE Division 1 Group A.

Al Sulaya will be led by countryman Tarek El Ashry, who joined the Commandos from ENPPI Club this summer.

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Al Ahli agonisingly close to beating Inter Milan

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Inter's Shaqiri tussles with Al Ai (CREDIT TO AL AHLI).

Al Ahli came within seconds of claiming a famous friendly victory against a star-studded Internazionale on Wednesday only for forward Stevan Jovetic to equalise from a penalty deep into injury time.

The Red Knights led for the majority against their esteemed hosts after Lima’s fine early opener, pushing a team featuring the likes of Geoffrey Kondogbia, Mauro Icardi and Gary Medel to breaking point. A heralded win was within their grasp until Manchester City loanee Jovetic was felled, stepping up to convert himself from 12 yards.

Cosmin Olaroiu’s men can take huge positives from the 1-1 stalemate at the Nerazzurri’s Riscone training camp, the main one being the budding relationship between their new Brazilian centre forward and compatriot Everton Ribeiro.

Their first-half combination was a joy to behold. A look-away flick from Lima – who has scored four goals in three games since his €7 million (Dh28m) move from Benfica – sent his colleague racing clear from the halfway line, the Canarinho playmaker then returning the favour for the striker to fire home.

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Meanwhile, a flare-up between superstar playmaker Omar Abdulrahman and coach Zlatko Dalic soured a much-improved display from Al Ain as they drew 0-0 against Xavi’s Al Sadd.

Abdulrahman, 23, did not take kindly to the decision to remove him following an altercation with Muriqui on 73 minutes. He petulantly brushed off his boss as he trudged to the sidelines in Austria, kicking water bottles in frustration.

The result ended a three-match losing streak for the Boss, who saw new boys Emmanuel Emenike, Ryan Babel and Fellipe Bastos miss glaring chances.

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#360transfers: Feyenoord interested in Al Ahli’s Oussama Assaidi

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Disappointing: Oussama Assaidi.

Feyenoord could be about to offer Al Ahli winger Oussama Assaidi a return to the Netherlands, according to reports.

Assaidi, 26, has failed to impress with the Red Knights since a winter switch from Premier League giants Liverpool.

A paltry return of just three Arabian Gulf League goals from 13 appearances has put his spot in the four-player foreign quota in serious jeopardy.

But despite this uninspiring form, Voetbal International believe he is being viewed by the De Kuip-outfit as a potential replacement for Jean-Paul Boetius following his switch to FC Basel.

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Assaidi was born in Morocco – the country he represents internationally – and then moved to the Netherlands as a child, representing Omniworld, De Graafschap and Heerenveen there before his 2012 Anfield switch.

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