Albion face strong competition from clubs in Germany if they want to re-sign Gai Assulin.

The Argus understands Eintracht Frankfurt, Cottbus and Hertha BSC are all interested in the 21-year-old Israeli after he was released yesterday by Manchester City.

Assulin, below, showed only glimpses of the form which made him a hot prospect with Barcelona following his loan move to The Amex from City in February.

Boss Gus Poyet was sufficiently impressed to extend the versatile winger’s deal the following month for the rest of the campaign but he was restricted to two starts and five substitute appearances for the Seagulls.

Poyet already has Will Buckley, Kazenga LuaLua and Craig Noone competing for wide spots. The alternative role of attacking midfielder for the diminutive Assulin will also be blocked if Albion manage to re-sign Spanish star Vicente.

Meanwhile, Albion’s Adam El-Abd was an unused substitute as Egypt won 3-0 against Togo last night.

It is understood the last of Egypt’s three-match series of games has been cancelled, denying El-Abd a possible second cap.