ENPPI reveal issue that could force Wigan move to fall through

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ENPPI president Ayman El-Sheriey has provided the latest updates on Wigan’s negotiations over talented goalkeeper Mahmoud Gad.

A few weeks ago, reports have emerged linking ENPPI and Egypt U23 goalkeeper Mahmoud Gad with a move to Championship club Wigan Athletic ahead of the new season.

Several reports stated the Latics are eager to land the 23-year-old and even have made a £1m offer to convince ENPPI to let him go.

ENPPI had confirmed the news they had a talk with Wigan Athletic chairman, Talal Al Hammad, over the keeper, but insisted they haven’t received an official bid yet.

And now the club president El-Sheriey has revealed they are open to the player’s departure to Wigan, but the issue revolves around the work permit as the player lacks enough international appearances.

“Playing in the Premier League or the Championship needs special requirements on the international games played and Mahmoud Gad hasn’t reached the required quota,” El-Sheriey said.

“However there are exceptions and we are now in discussions with Wigan chairman Talal Al Hammad over this.

“Mahmoud Gad playing aboard will not only benefit the player, but also the club and the Egyptian football in general,” he added.

ENPPI reveal issue that could force Wigan move to fall through

Gad has started his career at the renowned ENPPI academy before making it to the first team where he currently plays in 2018.

The 23-year-old was also a part of the Egyptian squad that reached the quarterfinals in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, before being called up for the 2021 AFCON, where the Pharaohs reached the final, before losing to Senegal on penalties.

In case he makes it to Wigan, Gad would become the first Egyptian professional goalkeeper to play in England and the second Arab goalkeeper to represent the Latics after Omani legend Ali El-Habsi.

ENPPI reveal issue that could force Wigan move to fall through

He could also become the fourth Egyptian to ply his trade at the club after Ahmed Hossam Mido, Amr Zaki, and Sam Morsy.

Gad will also join a long list of Egyptians to have played in the Championship alongside the likes of Ahmed Elmohamady, Adam El-Abd, Ahmed Hegazi, Geddo, Ahmed Fathi, Mido, and Sam Morsy.

However, it won’t be easy for Gad to earn himself a spot in the starting XI as he will face competition from former Manchester United keeper Ben Amos, who kept 16 clean sheets in League One last season.

Wigan have advanced to the Championship by topping the Football League One, and they now hope to make it back to the Premier League.

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