Turkish giants SK Galatasaray have rekindled their interest in Egyptian striker Mostafa Mohamed.
According to reports in Turkey, the Istanbul-based side is preparing to open fresh negotiations with Zamalek over signing the 23-year-old attacker who has impressed while on loan at Cairo-based club El-Gaish.
Since 2016, he has been sent out on loan to El Dakhleya, Tanta and now El-Gaish. In the 58 appearances he has made since 2016, he has netted 21 league goals.
Mohamed has attracted interest from several clubs in Europe, but since a move to French Ligue 1 side Saint-Etiene failed, he opted to remain in Egypt.
This led to Turkish powerhouse Galatasaray to lead the race for his signature after they had previously shown strong interest in bringing him to the Turkish Super Lig.
According to a statement released by Zamalek, the initial negotiations between both sides fell through because the player didn’t want to move to Turkey as he preferred a switch to Saint-Étienne instead.
“The negotiations with the Turkish club were never completed because for one reason, the player’s agent,” Zamalek revealed.
“He sent an email after learning of Galatasaray’s negotiations as Mostafa’s agent and said that the player refuses to move to the Turkish club, and they spoke to us and retrieved it.
“Mostafa Mohamed didn’t want to move to Turkey as he preferred to join Saint-Étienne,” the club added.
However, with Saint-Étienne now out of the picture, Mohamed could be keen on moving to Galatasaray, who are set to re-open talks with the player this week.
Fatih Terim needs some power fire up front as he challenges for the Turkish title. They (Galatasaray) currently sit fourth in the Turkish Super Lig with 33 points, five behind leaders Beşiktaş, who they lost to in the Istanbul derby last weekend.
The locker room of the club has some quality players such as Omar Elabdellaoui, Sofiane Feghouli, Younès Belhanda, Radamel Falcao, Fernando Muslera, Oghenekaro Etebo, Ryan Babel, Ryan Donk and Arda Turn.
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