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Last Updated: Sunday, 22 June, 2003, 11:00 GMT 12:00 UK
Djemba-Djemba hints at Man Utd move
Eric Djemba-Djemba
Djemba-Djemba had a good season with Nantes
Cameroon international Eric Djemba-Djemba has confirmed a deal has been agreed to take him to Manchester United next season.

The 22-year-old Nantes midfielder has been linked with an Old Trafford move throughout the summer.

And Djemba-Djemba, currently starring for his country at the Confederations Cup tournament in France, has hinted that he will be a United player next season.

Speaking after Cameroon's 1-0 win over Turkey, the midfielder said: "I got some phone calls telling me United were interested - and I'm thrilled such a big club have come in for me.

"I have already met Sir Alex Ferguson at Nantes and it was great to meet such a famous manager.

"I was stunned when I heard a deal had been agreed. I'm so excited about playing in England."

The clubs have been in talks over Eric for a while
Agent Willie McKay
The deal, thought to be worth about 3m, is unlikely to be confirmed until after the Confederations Cup has finished

But the player's agent, Willie McKay, claimed: "United have made their intentions clear and Eric is desperate to go.

"The clubs have been in talks over Eric for a while," added McKay.

A Nantes spokesman added of any potential deal: "It could certainly happen next week."

Djemba-Djemba is an industrious holding player and is renowned for his ability to break down attacks.

His tough-tackling style saw him pick up one red and 11 yellow cards during the course of last season

A boyhood United fan, Djemba-Djemba could be the long-term replacement for Roy Keane, who has been beset by injury and is not expected to play in every game next season.


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