Another Academy graduate departs

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 1st February 2023

Emmanuel Longelo became the second Chadwell Heath Academy graduate to leave West Ham United on transfer window deadline day.

The 22-year-old full back converted his loan with Championship club Birmingham City to a permanent deal on Tuesday, with the Midlands club announcing the deal shortly after the 11pm deadline for transfers had passed.

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Longelo, who was at West Ham for 12 years, having first pulled on a claret and blue shirt at the age of 10 has made 18 appearances for Birmingham since joining the club on a season-long loan last summer.

He made two first team appearances under David Moyes, in the Carabao Cup against Hull City before featuring in a UEFA Europa League tie against Dinamo Zagreb.

Longelo, who has signed a a three-and-a-half-year contract with his new club is understood to have joined the Blues for a fee in the region of £400,000.

His departure was confirmed a matter of hours after fellow former Academy defender Harrison Ashby's £3million switch to Newcastle United was announced.

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