Hammers make double swoop

Hammers also hoping to sign Appiah

Last Updated: 02/09/08 6:46pm

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Di Michele: Hammers loan

Di Michele: Hammers loan

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West Ham have announced they have signed David Di Michele and Herita Ilunga, with both deals subject to registration by the Premier League.

The news comes after Monday night's transfer window deadline and in a statement on the club's official website, the Hammers acknowledged "the lateness of this announcement", blaming administrative issues.

The duo have arrived at Upton Park on season-long loans with a view to making their deals permanent.

Italian striker David Di Michele has arrived from Torino after being linked with a move to Roma during the summer.

Left-back Ilunga, who was linked with Newcastle and Celtic during the transfer window, joins from Toulouse.

West Ham have also confirmed that they are still hoping to sign Ghana captain Stephen Appiah who is a free agent after cancelling his contract at Fenerbahce.

The statement read: "The club recognise the lateness of this announcement but certain formalities including the release of international transfer certificates had to be completed.

"West Ham can also confirm discussions with Ghana midfielder Stephen Appiah are ongoing."

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