Fulham finalise stopper swoop
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Fulham have completed the £1.5 million signing of Leyton Orient's Gabriel Zakuani.
Fulham have completed the £1.5 million signing of Leyton Orient's Gabriel Zakuani after the promising stopper passed a medical at Craven Cottage.
The Premiership side announced they had concluded a deal for the Democratic Republic of Congo international on Monday, and after completing the necessary tests Zakuani has now put pen to paper on his four year deal.
The League One side have revealed details of the transfer fee, which is their record sale eclipsing the £600,000 Notts County paid for John Chiedozie in 1981.
Chris Coleman's side will stump up an initial £1 million for the 20-year-old, with another £500,000 dependant on appearances, as well as agreeing a sell-on fee for the highly rated stopper.
Orient boss Martin Ling has given the deal his blessing, insisting that the club could not refuse the money on offer or deny Zakuani the opportunity to star in The Premiership.
"This is an unbelievable deal both for Gaby and the club," Ling told the club's official website.
"He will be a big miss to us having been with Orient for seven years, but we've secured a fair transfer fee for him and we wish Gaby all the best at Fulham.
"This was an opportunity that he could not turn down and it would have been unfair of us to stand in his way.
"Chris Coleman has followed him for nine months and Fulham have had scouts watching him at every one of our home games this season, so they've done their homework and I'm sure Gaby will be a success at his new club."