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Hammers scrap Sulejmani loan after work permit failure

Miralem Sulejmani
Sulejmani missed out on a place in Serbia's World Cup squad

West Ham have failed in their bid to get a work permit for Serbian striker Miralem Sulejmani, who they had hoped to sign on loan from Ajax.

The 21-year-old had agreed terms but the move is off and West Ham have turned their attentions elsewhere.

"We didn't succeed and are looking forward - I can't look back on things I can't change," said boss Avram Grant.

He is thought to be close to sealing a deal for Manchester City's Ecuador international striker Felipe Caicedo.

Sulejmani joined Ajax from Heerenveen in the summer of 2008 for a fee of about £13.5m but failed to make an impact, scoring 12 goals in 68 games, and was left out of Serbia's World Cup squad.


Former Portsmouth and Chelsea manager Grant, who assistant is Serb Zeljko Petrovic, replaced Gianfranco Zola, who was sacked in May after West Ham finished 17th last season, just one spot above the relegation places.

He has already signed Thomas Hitzlesperger, Pablo Barrera, Frederic Piquionne, Tal Ben Haim and Winston Reid this summer since taking over the Upton Park hotseat.

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see also
Man City loan Caicedo to Malaga
10 Jan 10 |  Man City
Kiwi defender Reid joins West Ham
05 Aug 10 |  West Ham
Ben Haim joins West Ham on loan
03 Aug 10 |  West Ham
West Ham snap up pair of forwards
16 Jul 10 |  West Ham
West Ham in failed bid for Remy
05 Jul 10 |  West Ham
West Ham swoop for Hitzlsperger
05 Jun 10 |  West Ham

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