Tottenham have joined West Ham and Everton in the race for West Bromwich Albion defender, according to ESPN.
However, with Toby Alderweireld heavily linked with a move away from North London, Mauricio Pochettino must target a higher standard of player if he is serious about winning either the Premier League or Champions League.
The report claims that Hegazi, who has 43 caps for Egypt and will feature for them in this summer’s World Cup, has emerged on Spurs’ list of players to replace Alderweireld in the likely event that he does depart Tottenham in the transfer window.
As Hegazi no longer looks like a cut-price option – and Mauricio Pochettino has had success with cheaper purchases in the past – it is difficult to see the appeal.
He enjoyed a reasonably impressive debut season in England with West Brom, but there wasn’t a lot about his performances to suggest that he is a Champions League defender and if Tottenham are serious about making a charge for major honours next season, they need to set their sights a little higher.
Selling Alderweireld would reportedly bring in a fair wedge of cash and despite Pochettino’s penchant for frugality, that should be invested in signing someone of better pedigree than Hegazi.