Chelsea have made their second signing on transfer deadline day, agreeing to a deal for Reading center back Michael Hector. The Jamaica international has agreed to a five-year contract with the Blues, but will return to Steve Clarke's side on loan for the 2015/16 season.
Several other London clubs were interested in Hector, with QPR and Crystal Palace both linked heavily to the 23-year old. Both of those clubs would have insisted on taking Hector immediately, however, making Chelsea a far more palatable option for the Championship side, even if the rumored fee is a bit lower than most Reading fans seem to have expected.
Chelsea now have quite a few talented, young center backs on loan throughout Europe, a 21-year old regular in their first team, and a 26-year old virtual unknown arriving from France. While it's extremely likely that the Blues will be back in for Everton defender John Stones in a future transfer window, what we now have further options in the system as well.
Best of luck this season, Michael. Have fun with Steve Clarke and Lucas Piazon!