Pyramids interested in Morocco forward

Egyptian moneybags Pyramids FC have reportedly approached Morocco international striker Ayoub El Kaabi over a potential transfer.

El Kaabi began his career at the storied Moroccan club Racing de Casablanca. He finished the 2016/17 season as the Botola 2 (Moroccan second-tier) top goal scorer with 25 goals.

A move to RS Berkane followed, where he continued to pour in goals. With ‘The Oranges’ El Kaabi scored 22 times in 38 outings in the league.

His form at club level earned him a spot oinMorocco’s squad for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), a tournament where only locally-based players are permitted. It was his first-ever call up for his country, aged 24.

The 6’0 (1.82m) striker scored a brace on his international debut, before hitting a hat-trick four days later against Guinea.

He went on to score a total of 10 goals in the tournament to help Morocco lift trophy as he won the Golden Boot and Best Player award.

His exploits at CHAN earned him a spot on the 2018 World Cup roster, but arguably more importantly it piqued the transfer interest of clubs from around the world.

It wasn’t out of the norm for a club like Zamalek to go after him, but Mexican giants Club America and Chinese sides were said to be interested in the Moroccan forward.

Following the World Cup, El Kaabi was purchased by Hebei China Fortune for a transfer fee of €5-million. In China, he has struggled to adapt, despite scoring nine goals in the league in 28 appearances.

In 2019 he was loaned out to Moroccan giants Wydad Casablanca, scoring eight goals and providing three assists in 13 games across all competitions.

Hebei ultimately decided to let his contract expire this month, making him a free agent and Pyramids are now looking to secure the Atlas Lions forward.

According to LeSport360, the Egyptian Premier League side have offered him a contract worth $1.7-million per year as they look to further bolster their attacking options to compete against giants Al Ahly and the White Knights.

Pyramids are currently third in the 2019/20 Egyptian Premier League, with 39 points after 21 matches, whilst still in contention for the CAF Confederation Cup, where they face Guinean side Horoya in the semi-finals of the competition on 22 September.