Monaco eyeing Ilunga

Hammers full-back desperate for first-team football

Ilunga: Wants first-team action

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West Ham full back Herita Ilunga is reportedly attracting interest from Monaco in a potential loan deal.

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The Congolese international joined the Hammers from Toulouse in 2008 on loan and established himself as an important player in Gianfranco Zola's first team before completing a full transfer in 2009.

However, coupled with injury and falling out of favour under Avram Grant, the 28-year-old has seen first-team opportunities become more limited, and now wants to find regular football again.

2004 Champions League finalists Monaco are struggling in Ligue 1 this season, as well as suffering from a short supply of left-backs after losing Vincent Muratori and Djimi Traore to injury.

Fighting

Ilunga has now insisted that he is desperate to find regular football again, with the arrival of former England international Wayne Bridge at Upton Park likely to hinder his chances even more, and is fully aware of the interest in him.

"I heard the news about Monaco in the papers," he said.

"My job is to play every day and I am fighting for that, every player wants to play."