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Surprise Chelsea defensive target set to be loaned to Reading

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It sounds as if Chelsea won't be signing just one, but two 6'4" central defenders on transfer deadline day. In addition to Papy Djilobodji, the Blues have been linked to 23-year old Michael Hector, something completely out of the blue (no pun intended), who would give Chelsea five options at center back on top of several youngsters on loan.

As Jose Mourinho has always been a manager who prefers a smaller squad, this sudden glut of options at the back seemingly makes little sense. The Guardian seems to be shedding some light on the situation, however, indicating that Hector won't be joining Chelsea this season, instead remaining with Reading on loan:

The Reading defender Michael Hector is set to complete a £4m transfer to Chelsea later today, though the Jamaica international is then expected to remain at the Championship club on loan for the rest of the current season.

If true, and there's no reason to believe that it isn't, this signing begins to make more sense. Hector seems to be a quality young player with the size and athleticism to be excellent, and even if he never breaks into Chelsea's first team squad, there's a good chance they'll be able to sell him for more than £4 million.

The loan army looks like it's about to get a little larger, we'll have more on Hector after the move becomes official.

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