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Hammers agree Miralem deal

Sulejmani hopeful of West Ham move

By Vlatko Siljanovski & Graeme Bailey.   Last Updated: 10/08/10 4:33pm

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Sulejmani: Hammers interest

Sulejmani: Hammers interest

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West Ham United have agreed a deal with Ajax for Serbia forward Miralem Sulejmani.

The 21-year-old is Ajax's record signing after they paid Heerenveen over £13million for his signature in 2008.

However, he is now looking to seal a move to England after West Ham agreed terms on a season-long loan for the Serbian.

And Sulejmani has admitted that he is relishing the prospect of playing for the Hammers and manager Avram Grant.

"I am happy that I will play in the strongest league in Europe," he told Sportski Zurnal.

"I think that I am up to the challenge and I am convinced that I will get the chance and the opportunities, as Avram Grant was very positive about my qualities."

Sulejmani admits he is pleased with the chance to move away from Ajax, suggesting he was not happy under coach Martin Jol.

"As Jol took over, my status changed and this is the biggest reason that I would like to change my environment," said Sulejmani.

Skysports.com understands that the deal is subject to a work permit being granted, and as it stands they would need to go to appeal as he does not meet the Premier League criteria.

It is believed West Ham will learn later this week whether Sulejmani will be granted his permit.

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