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Report: LAFC to add Egyptian international Omar Gaber

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Full back formerly played under Bob Bradley.

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With 2018 MLS expansion team Los Angeles Football Club just weeks away from the start of their inaugural training camp, the transfer rumors should be coming at a rapid clip. In that vein, a report emerged from KingFut.com on Saturday, a reputable English-language blog on Egyptian soccer, that LAFC will be signing defender Omar Gaber from FC Basel.

Gaber, 25, who is a right back, is looking to move on from Basel after seeing his playing time dry up recently. Prior to joining the Swiss champions, he played in the Egyptian league for Zamalek from 2011-16.

Most notably, Gaber is a senior Egyptian international, helping them reach the 2018 World Cup this fall, and having played for Bob Bradley when the current LAFC manager led The Pharoahs from 2011-13. In that regard, this link makes perfect sense, as does his situation, as a player near his peak years with some European experience but perhaps willing to find a new spot and a new challenge.

The King Fut report says Gaber will join LAFC on a six-month loan, with an option to purchase his contract beyond that, something that also fits with MLS protocol.

So, this is a rumor, but given King Fut’s track record with MLS rumors in the past and the circumstances surrounding it, I’d say there’s a good chance this is legit. We’ll see if and when word drops about it, but considering LAFC will be adding players in a speedy manner, if this one comes through we could hear about it very soon indeed. Stay tuned.

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