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Chelsea have finally confirmed the sale of longtime defender Michael Hector, as the 27-year-old will make a permanent move to Fulham in the January transfer window.
Hector joined Chelsea from Reading in a surprise £4m deal on transfer deadline day in 2015 but was immediately loaned back out to the Royals for the rest of the 2015-16 campaign.
Hector didn’t play any game for the Blues and spent all his time at Chelsea away on loan.
After spending his first season away on loan to Reading, Hector spent the subsequent three seasons on loan with Eintracht Frankfurt, Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday, and was never involved in the Chelsea first team.
At the ripe age of 27, the Jamaica International will now make a permanent move to a club he can call home, but he won’t be able to feature for Fulham until January. The 27-year-old will spend the first half of the season training with Fulham, but will be unable to play for them until the deal has officially gone through on January 1st.
Chelsea have released a statement that read: “We wish Michael well with the next step in his career.”
Fulham’s co-owner Tony Khan said: “Although Michael can’t officially join our First Team until January, what’s important is he’s now a member of Fulham Football Club.
“Michael will help us challenge for promotion and make us better in the second half of the season, at a time when depth, experience and quality will be at a premium in the Championship. Come on Fulham!”