Ilunga ready for British move
Thursday, 14 August 2008

Full-back would take Newcastle or Celtic

Sky sports

Toulouse star Herita Ilunga has told he would jump at the chance to join either Celtic or Newcastle.

The 26-year-old left-back moved to the Pink City last year from St Etienne and he has impressed hugely since his switch.

Now Newcastle and Celtic are battling it out to land the Congo DR international and Ilunga says he would be happy to move to either Parkhead or St James' Park.

"I am flattered by Celtic's interest, they are one of the biggest teams in the world and their fans are the best in the world," he told

"But Newcastle have very good fans and I am flattered by their interest also, but we have to wait, it does not depend on me.

"There is so much that needs to be done for a transfer, but a move to the United Kingdom is the one I want to move my career forward."
No preference

Ilunga refused to state a preference between Celtic and Newcastle.

"The Premier League is appealing, but Celtic are the biggest team in Scotland and are known everywhere - so I don't know, I love the United Kingdom and that is all I can say," he said.

Reports in France suggest Newcastle are leading Celtic in the chase to land Ilunga.

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