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Ajax agree deal for Lerin Duarte

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Ajax and Heracles Almelo have finally agreed on a deal for midfielder Lerin Duarte.

The Amsterdam club were looking to replace Danish international Christian Eriksen, who completed his Tottenham Hotspur move last week.

Club and player have yet to agree personal terms but speaking to Dutch magazine Voetbal International, Duarte said that should only be a matter of time and should be completed on Sunday.

Ever since Ajax started to plan for life without Christian Eriksen the club had a keen eye on Duarte, but an initial bid was rejected in May.

Ajax were believed to have offered €2.5million at the time, but Heracles turned that offer down. As yet, nothing has been said about the eventual fee Ajax will pay for the former Sparta man.

During his time with Heracles Almelo, Duarte made 66 league appearances and scored 12 goals.

The midfield man is also capped at international level for Holland under-21s, but has yet to make an appearance for the senior side. He was however called up for a Holland trip to Asia where they played China and Indonesia.

Speaking to Dutch TV channel NOS he expressed his delight at the move to the record Dutch champions and really relished the prospect of playing in the Champions League against the likes of FC Barcelona, AC Milan and Celtic.

When asked what it felt like to replace Eriksen he said he will be looking to carry on playing his own game.

Lerin Duarte started his professional career with Sparta Rotterdam, making his debut for his home town club on August 1st, 2009 against FC Twente.

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