Chelsea midfielder Michael Hector will join Fulham when the January transfer window opens, via the club’s official website.
Hector signed for the Blues from Reading in 2015, but was immediately loaned back to the Royals for the season before returning to west London in the summer of 2016.
The 27-year-old then spent consecutive campaigns on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt and Hull City, before spending last season with Sheffield Wednesday; he has never made an appearance for the Chelsea first-team.
The midfielder, who began his playing career at Millwall’s youth academy, will train with the Cottagers until the January window opens in four months’ time. His contract at Fulham will run until 2022, with the Whites having an option to extend that agreement for another 12 months should they wish to.
“Although Michael can’t officially join until January, what’s important is he’s now a member of Fulham,” vice chairman and director of football operations Tony Khan told the club’s website.
“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.”
After four years at Stamford Bridge, where Hector failed to make a single senior appearance for Chelsea, it was clear that he never really had a future on the blue side of west London.
He has, however, demonstrated his ability to compete in the Championship, making over 60 appearances for both Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday in recent seasons, so will surely be of benefit to Fulham as they look to bounce back up to the top flight at the first time of asking this term.
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