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Mpoku: Konyaspor recruits former Standard de Liège winger

The Anatolian Eagle reinforced its offensive options with the signing of the Congolese international on Wednesday

Turkish Super Lig club Konyaspor have confirmed the signing of former Standard Liege winger Paul Jose Mpoku on a two-year contract with a one-year extension option.

The move marked a return to Europe for the 29-year-old who has spent the last one and a half years in the United Arab Emirates with Al Wahda.

Mpoku left Al Wahda at the end of the 2020-21 season where he made 20 appearances with five goals to his name in the Arabian Gulf League.

The Congolese international becomes the second African star of Ilhan Palut’s team after Ugandan Farouk Miya.

“We signed a 2 + 1 year contract with Congolese democrat Paul Jose Mpoku,” the Super Lig club announced. on their website.

“Continuing his transfer efforts, our İttifak Holding Konyaspor finally came to an agreement with Congolese democratic national footballer Paul Jose Mpoku, who played in the United Arab Emirates team Al-Wahda.

“On behalf of our club, Suleyman Oguz, one of our general managers, and Ali Camgiz, one of our board members, attended the signing ceremony which was held at the MEDAS Konya stadium. Metropolitan.

“Paul Jose Mpoku, who plays on the wing, in positions 8 and 10, will wear jersey number 40 for our team.”

Mpoku has enjoyed a nomadic career with previous stints at Tottenham Hotspur, Leyton Orient, Cagilari, Chievo and Panathinaikos.

During his time at Standard de Liège, the 29-year-old won the Belgian in the 2017-18 season and he helped the Reds finish runner-up in the first division A in the 2013-14 and 2017-18 seasons. .

Although he played for Belgian youth teams, Mpoku pledged international allegiance to the Democratic Republic of Congo and he played for the Leopards at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

He is the brother of the new Arsenal, Albert Sambi Lokonga.

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