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Jan, 31, 2009

Hammers' Faubert seals Real Madrid loan move

West Ham midfielder Julien Faubert has completed his loan move to Real Madrid for the rest of the season.

The Hammers gave the Frenchman permission to talk to the Spanish champions after he struggled to secure a sustained run in the first team and he has moved to the Bernabeu until the end of the season.

Faubert passed a medical in the Spanish capital on Saturday morning and will be officially presented on Sunday.

Madrid have been searching for a right winger during the transfer window and were linked with the likes of Jermaine Pennant, Aaron Lennon and Antonio Valencia. However, they now seem to have settled for Faubert.

''Real Madrid and West Ham United have reached an agreement for the loan of the French player Julien Faubert until the end of this season,'' read a statement on the club website.

''The signed deal establishes a loan move until June 30, the date in which the technical staff of the club will decide if it suits them to exercise a right to buy the player for the next three years.

''Faubert, who successfully passed the medical this morning, will be presented in the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Monday February 2 at 11 o'clock.''

West Ham chief executive Scott Duxbury told his club's website: "Julien has struggled to get into Gianfranco Zola's team this season - and despite the high hopes we had for him when he joined us 18 months ago, he has not had the best of times.

"He had asked the manager about a possible move, and we felt it right to let him talk to Real Madrid.

"I was first contacted by Madrid on Friday morning - and after extensive negotiations, we have agreed in principle a deal that would see them paying us a £1.5million fee to take Julien until the end of the season.

"His long-term future would then be reviewed in the summer, with a significant transfer fee payable should Madrid want to take up their option.

Faubert joined the London side in 2007 from Bordeaux but soon suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon, which left him on the sidelines for the first half of last season.

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