South African forward Percy Tau joined Egyptian giants Al Ahly from English Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion on a four-year deal ending speculation about his future.
Tau’s transfer, which is subject to international clearance, will be formally concluded once the transfer window reopens in Egypt.
The 27-year-old South African international endured a difficult spell at Brighton after joining in 2018. He was loaned out to Belgian clubs Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, Club Brugge and Anderlecht for three consecutive seasons as he struggled to secure a UK work permit.
He only racked up six appearances for Brighton, without scoring a goal, making his debut as a substitute in an FA Cup third-round tie away at Newport County in January this year.
Brighton head coach Graham Potter said he really enjoyed working with Tau but acknowledged that at this stage of his career Tau wanted to be playing regularly.
“This move gives him the opportunity to do that and he is joining one of Africa’s top clubs. On behalf of everyone at the club I wish him well for the future.”
Media reports had long been linked Tau with a move to reigning African champions Al Ahly where he has reunited with former Mamelodi Sundowns’ boss Pitso Mosimane.
Some quarters believed that a move back to Africa would be a step backwards for Tau who had taken part in Europe’s elite club competition, the Champions League, with Club Brugge in addition to finally getting a chance to play in the Premier League.
However, South African coach Hugo Broos encouraged the move arguing he would be able to get regular playing time and boost his performances for the national team.
Al Ahly is expected to strengthen its squad further with director of marketing and transfers Amir Tawfik stating the club is in negotiations to sign more players.