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Elmohamady returns to Sunderland

January 16, 2013
By Kristan Heneage

Hull City have confirmed that wing-back Ahmed Elmohamady’s loan spell has ended after the player was recalled by parent club Sunderland.

Ahmed Elmohamady
GettyImages Martin O'Neill wants Ahmed Elmohamady to make up the numbers at Sunderland.

Elmohamady, 25, was initially signed on loan by the Black Cats from Egyptian side ENPPI in 2010. The deal included a permanent option for £2 million, which then manager Steve Bruce opted to activate in March 2011. 

However since the arrival of Martin O’Neill, the Egyptian international has struggled to secure first-team football, with his manager offering Elmohamady the opportunity to reunite with former boss Bruce at Hull City. Signed in August, he made 23 appearances for the Tigers, scoring one goal and registering six assists. 

It had been rumoured that Bruce was attempting to secure a permanent deal for the player, following the completion of a deal for fellow loanee and former Sunderland midfielder David Meyler last week. However that now looks unlikely after O’Neill confirmed earlier this week his squad still needs further strengthening.

The former Aston Villa boss told the Journal: “David Meyler has left to join Hull because he wanted to play first-team football and Ji [Dong-won] has also gone [on loan to Augsburg until the end of the season]. There was room in the squad anyway, but now there’s even more space to be filled.

“We’re still just two out and two in. I would still be looking to get some more people in before the end of the month. And I would certainly want more people in before we would even think about letting anyone else out.”