According to the Hull Daily Mail, Aston Villa are closing in on a deal for Hull City winger Ahmed Elmohamady after activating his £1m release clause.
Villa boss Steve Bruce knows the 29-year-old well having previously signed him for Sunderland and the Tigers and he could be reunited with the Egyptian wide-man, who can also play at wing-back and full-back, for a third time.
The Midlands outfit are hoping to strengthen their squad as they look to secure a return to the Premier League next season following a disappointing 13th-placed finish in the Championship last time out, and Elmohamady could follow John Terry and Sam Johnstone through the Villa Park doors.
Aston Villa supporters were quick to have their say on the potential arrival via social media, and while some feel that it is a “no-brainer” to sign him, others feel that it would be “pointless”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Elmohamady is cheap cover for right midfield and Bruce knows him well. It's a no brainer and I've no idea why it's causing such fuss. #avfc
— Villa Views (@ViewsVilla) July 17, 2017
£1M for Elmohamady is cheap, even if he turns out to be average but suitable cover for the RW/RM/RWB, it's worth the money… #AVFC
— Villa360 (@Villa_360) July 17, 2017
Ahmed Elmohamady will be a good signing for us. Stop crying like a bunch of little girls. #avfc
— Dips (@Dips_avfc) July 17, 2017
Ahmed elmohamady is a decent signing for us, grafter, hardworking, can cross a ball.. pretty happy with him coming #AVFC
— therowleyranger (@therowleyranger) July 18, 2017
These aren't as fun when we know the targets are Elmohamady and Whelan. Hardly inspiring is it! The team needs creativity and spark! #AVFC
— Philip Henry Roberts (@iamVilla) July 18, 2017
Watch Villa tonight and ask yourself if Whelan and Elmohamady can improve us #AVFC we need invention and skill not another plodder
— Paul Williams (@PippyPants8) July 18, 2017
Elmohamady is ok if you're competing consistently in the championship. We are get promoted then what ? A short term fix I feel. #avfc
— Liam (@Liam1874Villa) July 17, 2017
— Jon (@jon_snowdon) July 17, 2017
— William Wright (@Will_Wright_) July 17, 2017