Egypt captain Hassan signs for Belgium champions

May 24, 2006

BRUSSELS, May 24 (Reuters) - Champions Anderlecht completed the signing of Egyptian captain Ahmed Hassan on Wednesday.

"Hassan was signed on a free transfer from Turkish first division club Besiktas and has agreed a contract of two years," Anderlecht CEO Herman van Holsbeeck told Reuters.

The 31-year-old midfielder captained Egypt to the African Nations Cup in January when he was named player of the tournament. He joined Besiktas in 2003.

The Brussels-based club have also reached an agreement with Southampton's Belgian defender Jelle Van Damme, Van Holsbeeck said.

"We have agreed a four-year deal with the player but are continuing to talk with Southampton about the fee," Van Holsbeeck said.

The fee is expected be in the region of 750,000 euros ($962,000) for the 22 year-old. He was on loan at Werder Bremen last season.

Anderlecht also welcomed Argentines Lucas Biglia and Cristian Leiva this week.

Biglia, 20, joins from Independiente and signed a four-year contract. Described as a defensive midfielder, 28-year-old Leiva joins from Banfield in a three-year deal.