Chelsea have signed Reading’s Michael Hector for £4m, and loaned him back to the Championship for the rest of the season.
The Jamaica international, who came through Reading’s academy, signed a new contract at the Madejski Stadium this summer.
Now 23, Hector has been loaned out 11 times throughout his Reading career, and is presumably delighted to join Vitesse Arnhem on loan next season.
The last of Hector’s loans was at Aberdeen in 2014, and he is thought to have been scouted by a number of Premier League clubs.
Hector joins fellow defender Papy Djilobodji in moving to Chelsea on the final day of the transfer window. It also raises the suspicion that Jose Mourinho will be spitting feathers at the failure to strengthen his side.