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Nathaniel Chalobah, who was on loan to Burnley from Chelsea, during the first half of the 2014/15 season, has today left Premier League club Fulham to join Championship promotion chasers West Bromwich Albion.

It wasn’t a successful loan for Chalobah, then aged just 19. He’d previously played for Watford, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough on loan but at Burnley made just four appearances, all as a substitute, with his debut coming at the Hawthorns, the home of his new club West Brom.

There were subsequent loans at Reading and Napoli before, in the summer of 2017, he signed for Watford in a permanent deal. In four years at Vicarage Road, he made 75 league appearances, fifty of them starts, but moved on again to Fulham in a £3 million deal ahead of last season.

He’s been unable to establish himself in a Fulham side who, in his time there, have won promotion and now sit seventh in the Premier League.

That’s led to today’s move with Baggies’ boss Carlos Corberán saying of his new recruit: “Nathaniel is an athletic, hard working midfielder who has the quality required to make a real impact in the Championship. To do that, he will need to consistently play to a high standard and take his opportunity when it arises.”

Chalobah said: “I’m really happy to be here. I heard about the club’s interest in me a little while ago so I’m glad to finally get the deal done. Ever since I heard about the interest in me I obviously started following the club’s results a lot more.

“I’ve been watching plenty of the games recently and from what I’ve seen, it’s been pretty good. I definitely see so much potential in this team. I see that there’s a talented group of players here and I just want to play a part in everything.”

Chalobah has signed a deal until the end of the 2023/24 season.

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