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Freddie nears exit

PUBLISHED: 11:48 07 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:30 05 October 2010

FREDDIE Ljungberg s West Ham career looks to be over after the club agreed to pay the Sweden midfielder player £4.5million to leave Upton Park. Ljungberg will be allowed to leave on a free transfer this month with a golden handshake from the Hammers, who

FREDDIE Ljungberg's West Ham career looks to be over after the club agreed to pay the Sweden midfielder player £4.5million to leave Upton Park.

Ljungberg will be allowed to leave on a free transfer this month with a golden handshake from the Hammers, who will continue to pay a proportion of his £85,000-per-week salary for the two years left on his contract.

The 31-year-old joined West Ham from Arsenal just 12 months ago and his signing represents one of the most expensive mistakes in the history of British football.

Ljungberg, who made 25 appearances in an injury-plagued first season at Upton Park, will cost the Hammers some £11m once his handsome pay-off is finalised.

His imminent departure comes just 24 hours after West Ham boss Alan Curbishley insisted the player still had a future at the club.

Curbishley revealed that Ljungberg has been training in Sweden but claimed the midfielder was still part of his plans.

"He was given a bit of extra time and also wanted to go off to Sweden to do a week's work," said Curbishley.

"Obviously we're getting nearer the season and we've got Julien Faubert and Valon Behrami who can play in that position. But he's part of the club.

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