According to The Sun, Everton and Bournemouth are targeting Egyptian 23-year-old winger Mahmoud Hassan this summer.
Hassan is currently on loan at Turkish side Kasimpasa from Anderlecht. He is expected to feature for Egypt at the World Cup in Russia this summer.
Galatasaray are also monitoring the wingers situation, who has netted 12 times and got three assists this season in Turkey.
The Sun are reporting that he will enter the final year of his contract this summer and the player has no desire to return to Belgium. He will be hoping to make a big impact in Russia and seal a dream move to England.
The winger has stared in a struggling team in Turkey. Last summer he was heavily linked with Liverpool but that just proved to be rumours.
He is a relatively unknown quantity in England but his highly regarded in Egypt and will be an important player alongside Mo Salah in the World Cup for the African nation.
He is a quick, very right-footed and nimble player with an eye for goal and seems to be a threat to defences. One thing both Everton and Bournemouth have struggled with this season is goals.
Everton have been searching for a striker since Romelu Lukaku left and seemed to have found someone in Cenk Tosan.
Sam Allardyce appears to have secured safety for Everton and is looking to bolster his squad for next season. Yannik Bolasie’s return to fitness and the signing of Theo Walcott have given Everton attacking thrust but Big Sam will still feel he needs to add attacking options.
Everton believe Hassan will provide this threat and competition for Walcott and Bolasie. Eddie Howe is also looking to add attacking options.
The Cherries have been heavily reliant on Josh King and Calum Wilson for goals. While they have no shortage of wingers, Junior Stanislas, Ryan Fraser and Jordon Ibe have failed to cement a place in Howe’s team.
Hassan’s pace and skill is exactly what both managers are looking for. As per The Sun‘s report, he could cost them less than £2million which is a bargain in today’s market.
However, he is an unknown and unproven quantity. At 23, he should be entering the prime of his career but is yet to establish himself as a household name.
While the fee would not be a risk, buying Hassan might be a gamble and going for someone more proven might be better for the clubs. Dipping into the market and buying players from the club who get relegated might be a shrewder policy.
Even if he does impress in the World Cup, this is no guarantee that he will perform at club level. The prime example of this is Hal Robson-Kanu, who’s impressive performances for Wales in Euro 2016 caught West Brom’s eye. He has struggled to get the goals and West Brom were forced to go back into the market for a striker.
If he was to choose a Premier League club, Bournemouth will be a better fit. Under Howe, Hassan will be able to play an attacking brand of football which enjoys. Allardyce will inevitably choose defensive stability and will be more inclined to trust players with more Premier League experience.
While Mahmoud Hassan has impressed in Turkey he is yet to justify a move to a Premier League club. But with his low price tag could be a gamble worth taking.