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Herita Ilunga set for West Ham exit - The Insider

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19 Jan 2011 14:09:57

Herita Ilunga set for West Ham exit - The Insider

Simon Jones is Sportsmail's man on the inside of all the major transfer moves this January. His column, published every weekday, offers an insight into the deals which will be done and those that won't - and why. A 5/5-rating means The Insider reckons it's a done deal; 0/5 means The Insider has his mortgage on it not happening. Don't miss your daily Insider instalment here.  HERITA ILUNGAWest Ham to MonacoTHE INSIDER says: 3/5 SEB LARSSONBirmingham to BlackburnTHE INSIDER says: 2/5 Unlucky: Hammers defender Ilunga Attracting attention: Birmingham midfielder Larsson Ilunga has a decent reputation within the game but has yet to truly show it at West Ham. He is now on the fringes after missing most of the season with injury and the costly arrival of Wayne Bridge - meaning cuts are inevitable. Monaco are to bid £1.5m for the left-back and talks are expected to take place before West Ham's game with Everton this weekend. Ilunga was a target for Rafa Benitez while at Liverpool and could yet come into their reckoning again as they mull over various targets but his form of late may persuade Kenny Dalglish against taking a chance. Sportsmail revealed on Monday that Blackburn had made their move for Larsson, after Aston Villa and days after Newcastle and Sunderland. Birmingham want around £1m for the Swedish midfielder and are working on replacements. The 25-year-old's representatives held talks with Newcastle but they were unable to agree terms with Sunderland waiting in the wings. Steve Bruce knows the player well and could offer cash now but would prefer to wait until the summer when he is free. That will depend on how persuasive Blackburn and Villa can be in this window.  DALE JENNINGSTranmere to HuddersfieldTHE INSIDER says: 2/5 JONATHAN LEGEARAnderlecht to EvertonTHE INSIDER says: 2/5 Great expectations: Tranmere youngster Jennings Eyeing England: Legear fancies the Premier League The 18-year-old Tranmere winger has been the subject of a lot of interest but the only clubs putting hard cash on the table are Championship and League One sides. Premier League sides have other priorities but recognise he is a great talent and may wait until a deal is close to the wire before making their move. Tranmere want around £1m in total for the former Liverpool trainee but Barnsley have offered £450,000 with Adam Hammill departing and Huddersfield are looking at £500,000. West Ham, Sunderland, West Bromwich, Everton and Fulham want to be kept informed. Tranmere would ideally prefer a Premier League side who can loan him back. Exciting Belgian prospect Legear is ready to leave Anderlecht and was hoping it could be to the Premier League with Everton. The Toffees manager David Moyes and his scouts have watched him several times this season including in international matches and definitely like the player. The Belgian club even say that talks have taken place at boardroom level. Anderlecht want in excess of £5m for the 23-year-old yet, despite the sale of Steven Pienaar, Moyes is having to work on loans only. Pienaar's £3m fee will be little more than funds for loan fees as he tries to bring in three players with a striker still the priority. Don't miss your daily instalment of The Insider every weekday through the transfer window here at MailOnline. Club-by-club guide to every Premier League transfer deal during JanuaryWatch all the Premier League goals every week on our brilliant video player  Explore more:People: Adam Hammill, Steve Bruce, David Moyes, Simon Jones, Kenny Dalglish, Rafa Benitez, Wayne Bridge Places: Newcastle, Fulham, Monaco, Birmingham, Liverpool, Monaco


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