Yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon, Dutch midfielder of Moroccan origin, Imran Olad Omar, received his release from Dinamo Tbilisi, on the way to a move to Hapoel B.S. In the capital of the Negev, they received the news with joy and decided to card him from one day to the next, in order for him to undergo the medical tests and sign a two-year contract, as agreed with him in advance.
Imran 'Oulad Omar scores a goal for Dinamo Tbilisi // Dinamo Tbilisi
The free release from Tbilisi was necessary, as it was difficult to get everything done yesterday, on the last day of the transfer window. B.S. was busy signing Elon Almog, moving from Maccabi Tel Aviv in a deal that cost about 700,<> euros. Once Omar became a free agent, life became easier and as far as the club was concerned, both signings could be ticked off. At the same time, heavy pressure was exerted on Romanian midfielder Adrian Paun to sign for Bnei Sakhnin in order to make room for a foreigner for the new acquisition.
The name of Imran 'Olad Omar, 27, has been on the agenda for more than a month. When he received the offer from B.S., Omar consulted with none other than Maccabi Netanya striker Stinslaw Bilanki, who recommended that he come to Israel. The two collaborated together at Dinamo Tbilisi and their cooperation was excellent. Omar even managed to cook up goals for Bilanki before the Ukrainian moved on to the Premier League. Now, the two will play each other between two teams whose rivalry is considered one of the hottest in the Premier League.
For Hapoel Sheva coach Elinav Barda, the arrival of his new midfielder should solve one of the team's biggest problems since the beginning of the season: scoring goals and assists. Omar has 23 goals in 50 appearances for Dinamo Tbilisi. He is considered the leading provider of numbers for his Georgian team, including two assists this season in a pair of Champions League qualifying matches against Astana. Omar asked to leave in the summer and was assured that this would happen if an offer came in after the European Games.
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In the meantime, Tbilisi was eliminated, B.S. offered the player more money than he received in Georgia, and the release was accepted. Omar signed for Hapoel Be'Sheva for two years for €200,<> per season. In Georgia, he earned less, and as far as he is concerned, this is an upgrade. Owner Alona Barkat and coach Elinav Barda tried to get their hands on a player at a reasonable price, but one who could upgrade professionally, and as soon as the two thought that Omar met all the requirements, it was decided to go for him. Now, all sides hope that the great work surrounding releasing the player, bringing him to Israel plus the time and need of Hapoel B'Sheva for a number contractor, will also be reflected on the pitch.
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