For the first time in several weeks, we have actual news rather than just rumours of indeterminate strength to report. Chelsea forward Gael Kakuta has joined Fulham on loan today and will remain with the club until the end of this season, as reported by Chelsea's official site and by now every major sports outlet in the world. Kakuta, 19, signed a four and a half year deal earlier in the month that extended a contract originally set to expire this summer. He should be in place for a starting spot at Mark Hughes' side, who lack a skilled, pacy dribbler of any description and look remarkably short of class up front.
The loan deal can only be good news for both player and club. Chelsea need Kakuta to develop past the talented-but-inconsistent level he's currently occupying, and I'd imagine Kakuta would rather like to play some football and become a better player. The chance for regular starts in the Premier League is just too good an opportunity to turn down. Fulham fans reading this may recall that Kakuta was the player who nearly got Chelsea banned from the transfer market over allegations concerning the club signing him from French side Lens as a trainee, but there's a lot more to the player than that. If you want to get a better read on Kakuta's story, we've profiled him here.