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Mpoku: Konyaspor sign former Standard Liege winger

The Anatolian Eagle strengthened their attacking options with the signing of the DR Congo international on Wednesday

Turkish Super League club Konyaspor have confirmed the signing of former Standard Liege winger Paul Jose Mpoku on a two-year deal with the option to extend his term.

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

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

The DR Congo international becomes the second African star in Ilhan Palut’s team after Uganda’s Farouk Miya.

“We have signed a 2 + 1 year contract with Democratic Congo Paul Jose Mpoku,” the Super Light Club announced on their website.

“Our ─░ttifak Holding Konyaspor is continuing with the transfer attempt and has finally agreed with the Democratic Congolese 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 held at the MEDAS Konya Metropolitan Stadium.

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

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

During his stay at Standard Liege, the 29-year-old won the Belgian in the 2017-18 season and he helped the Reds finish as runners-up in First Division A in the 2013-14 and 2017-18 seasons.

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

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

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