Herita Ilunga will join West Ham United permanently this summer after a
successful loan spell
West Ham United are pleased to confirm the club has completed the transfer
of Herita Ilunga on a permanent basis until July 2013.
The left-back, 27, had put pen to paper on his contract in January and it
will now take effect this summer, with West Ham United finalising the
financial terms of his switch for an undisclosed fee from French club
Toulouse. Ilunga has been a revelation in his first season in English
football, not missing a single league match since his debut at West Bromwich
Albion on 13 September. In all, he has played 33 times for the club, scoring
two goals in the FA Cup ties against Barnsley and Middlesbrough.
Such was the DR Congo defender's fine form, the club were determined to
exercise the option that was agreed when he first moved on a season-long
loan. Ilunga is the latest player to commit his future in view of the club's
positive direction under Gianfranco Zola alongside Scott Parker, Mark Noble,
Dean Ashton and Carlton Cole, who have all agreed new deals this season, as
have youngsters James Tomkins, Junior Stanislas, Jack Collison and Freddie
Ilunga, who has played in both the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup, is
eager to bring European football back to the Boleyn Ground, said: "It is a
great joy for me to have signed permanently for a club that believed in me
and gave me the opportunity to play in the Premier League. My goal is to
keep developing as a player here, working for the manager and his staff. I
am very happy to be here and there is a great atmosphere with my team-mates.
"The fans here are incredible because they are always behind the team.
Sometimes they help us to get the victories but even when we lose they are
always there for us. They have played an important part this season and we
hope to give them a special present at the end of this season by qualifying
West Ham United CEO Scott Duxbury said: "Having agreed everything with
Herita at the turn of the year, it is great that we have been able to
finalise his transfer from Toulouse. Herita was a proven performer in France
and there was no doubt about the quality we were getting when he arrived at
the club. He has performed tremendously for us this season and Gianfranco
was clear he wanted us to keep him for the long term."