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Ruben Loftus-Cheek: Fulham sign Chelsea midfielder on loan

Fulham complete permanent deal for Tosin Adarabioyo from Manchester City along with loan signing of fellow defender Joachim Andersen from Lyon

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Image: Loftus-Cheek had made just one appearance for Chelsea this season

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has joined Fulham on a season-long loan.

The 24-year-old has only made one start for Chelsea this season so far and will be looking for more game time, as he seeks to regain his place in the England squad ahead of the Euros next summer.

Loftus-Cheek has been capped 10 times by England and went to the 2018 World Cup.

However, injury has hampered his progress since then, leading to him dropping down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

Loftus-Cheek told Fulham's website: "I'm really happy to come 'next door', if you will!

"I watched Fulham at the start of the season and they looked like they're playing decent football. With this manager, I think I can get back to my best football. That's the main thing for me, to find my form and help this team win games."

Loftus Cheek was given a start in Chelsea's opening game of the Premier League season at Brighton, but failed to impress and has not made an appearance since.

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Sky Sports Monday Night Football pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville questioned Ruben Loftus-Cheek's Chelsea future following the midfielder's performance at Brighton.

Fulham were keen to strengthen their squad, having yet to register a point from their four Premier League fixtures this season, following promotion from the Championships via the play-offs.

Loftus-Cheek becomes the latest Chelsea midfielder to be loaned out during the final week of the summer transfer window, following Ross Barkley and Tiemoue Bakayoko, who sealed a move to Napoli earlier on Monday.

Fulham add defensive duo

Fulham also added two centre-backs late on deadline day, with Tosin Adarabioyo joining on a permanent deal from Manchester City and Joachim Andersen on a season-long loan from Lyon.

Tosin Adarabioyo spent last season on loan with Blackburn in the Championship
Image: Tosin Adarabioyo spent last season on loan with Blackburn in the Championship

Adarabioyo, who has had loan spells in the Championship with West Brom and Blackburn since coming through Manchester City's academy, joined Fulham in a deal worth £2m.

Fulham will pay £1.5m up front for the 23-year-old with the rest to come in add-ons, while Manchester City will receive 20 per cent of the fee if Fulham sell Adarabioyo.

"I'm very excited, very excited to get going and finally be playing Premier League football," Adarabioyo told Fulham's website.

"I felt like the time was right to leave [Man City] and push on. It was the right time in my career to move on and hopefully get a lot of Premier League games."

Joachim Andersen joins Fulham after spells in Ligue 1 and Serie A
Image: Joachim Andersen joins Fulham after spells in Ligue 1 and Serie A

Danish international Andersen has agreed a season-long move to Craven Cottage from Ligue 1 side Lyon.

The 24-year-old, who began his professional career in Holland with Twente, has only been at Lyon for one season after joining from Serie A side Sampdoria last summer.

"I'm really happy to make this move," Andersen told the club's website.

"I'm looking forward to playing in the Premier League and playing for a nice club like Fulham.

"It's a league I've been following since I was a child and it's a big, big dream to play in the Premier League, so I'm looking forward to it."

Fulham will hope the signings can bolster a defence that has conceded 11 goals in their opening four games of the season.

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