FC Basel have decided to take up the option of signing Egyptian midfielder Mohamed El-Neny on a permanent basis, the Swiss club said on Friday.
The 21-year-old joined Basel from Arab Contractors on a six-month loan deal last January with a view to a permanent move at the end of the season.
"FC Basel have taken up the option of signing Mohamed El-Neny on a four-year deal until 30 June 2017," Basel said in a statement on their website.
El-Neny is the second Egyptian player to sign for Basel, joining compatriot Mohamed Salah.
During his short loan stint, El-Neny established himself as a key player in the heart of Basel’s midfield, thanks to his precise and efficient passes.
Samuel Afum (L)
Ghana attacker Samuel Afum has signed a three-and-half year contract for Swiss side Young Boys Bern for an undisclosed fee.
The 22-year-old passed medicals on Thursday morning after arriving in Bern and inked the deal which will keep him at the Stade De Suisse Wankdorf Bern till 2016 on Friday evening.
Afum has been handed jersey number 7 and he hopes a spell with the Swiss giants can help kickstart an illustrious career in Europe.
After departure of Zambia forward Emmanuel Mayuka to EPL side Southampton and the sale of Argentine forward Raul Bobadilla to FC Basel, Young Boys boss Martin Rueda believes the Ghana youngster has the qualities to propel the Yellow and Blacks in the domestic league.
Mohammed El Nenny
The Egyptian side Arab Contractors have sent their player Mohammed El Nenny for trials at FC Basel of Switzerland supersport has been informed.
The club board member Sherif Habib confirmed this to supersport.com and said that the player will travel next January.
”They sent us a proposition and we accepted to send him for trials. He will travel on January 13th and he will stay there for a week , then he will come back again to Cairo and hopefully seal the deal” Sherif said to supersport.com.
”It will be good for El Nenny if he plays there as well as the club and the Egyptian National team” he added.
In-form Cote d'Ivoire winger Gervinho scored for English side Arsenal to seal a 2:1 comeback win at Montpellier in their opening group game of the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League.
The French champions had taken the lead on nine minutes through young Morocco midfielder Younes Belhanda, who converted from the spot after he had been fouled.
In other games, Cote d'Ivoire midfielder Yaya Toure put in a huge shift for English champions Manchester City, but they eventually lost 3:2 in a dramatic game at Real Madrid.
The former Barcelona star set up the first goal for Edin Dzeko, but missed a chance to double the lead in the 79th minute when he hit the side-netting from close range.