Belfast Telegraph

Gael blows in at Fulham

Gael Kakuta has joined Fulham on loan from Chelsea until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old winger completed his move on Wednesday after passing a medical on Tuesday.

The deal was sealed after the squad left London for the Barclays Premier League game at Liverpool, while Kakuta is also cup-tied for Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round clash with Tottenham.

He therefore would not be able to make his debut until next Tuesday's league game with Newcastle at Craven Cottage.

Fulham boss Mark Hughes last week revealed his interest in 19-year-old winger Kakuta, who signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract at Chelsea last month.

Hughes, who was also eyeing Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips, said on Friday: "He's a player I know and I like the qualities he has."

He becomes Hughes' second January signing following the permanent capture of Steve Sidwell from Aston Villa.

France Under-20 international Kakuta was widely regarded as one of the brightest prospects in the game when he joined Chelsea from Lens in 2007.

He has made 16 appearances for the Blues but only five starts and was an unused substitute in Monday night's 4-0 win at Bolton.


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