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Ilunga poised to sign permanent deal

PUBLISHED: 10:54 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:56 05 October 2010

Herita Ilunga is ready to turn his loan switch into a permanent deal at West Ham after the defender's agent revealed that he expects to finalise an agreement with the club this month

Herita Ilunga is ready to turn his loan switch into a permanent deal at West Ham after the defender's agent revealed that he expects to finalise an agreement with the club this month.

Ilunga joined the Hammers on a year-long loan from Toulouse in September and has produced a series of impressive displays since moving to Upton Park.

The Congo international scored his first goal for the club in last weekend's 3-0 FA Cup defeat of Barnsley and he is now poised to agree a permanent stay in East London, according to his agent Daniel Striani.

The Hammers agreed a buy-out clause with Toulouse when they opted to take the 26-year-old on a temporary basis in September and are set to secure Ilunga on a long-term deal this month.

"The situation is crystal clear - Herita is on loan from Toulouse to West Ham, who have an option to sign him until April," said Striani.

"West Ham fully intend to use their buy-out clause and as far as Herita is concerned, he is happy to stay at the club and is waiting for them to use their option to sign him on a permanent basis.

"West Ham have the situation under control and he could commit his future to the club in January.


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