Championship club plan to sign 6 ft 4 Chelsea defender in January

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Michael Hector’s most unlikely four-year tenure on Stamford Bridge was ready to end on Transfer Deadline Day, with a move to either Sheffield Wednesday, where he spent last campaign already, or to Fulham, just down the road from the London club.

Alas, it would appear that neither of those options in Championship, whose transfer window is now also close, panned out on Thursday. Sheffield Wednesday had been in pursuit during the transfer window, but could never quite agree on a deal with the Blues for Michael amid having only one year left on his Chelsea contract.

But Hector had also been on the radar of the Cottagers, and in fact, it sounds like he was very close to joining Fulham, going even as far as hanging out at their training ground to facilitate a speedy intention before the deadline at 5 pm or the extended deadline before 7 pm local time. But that agreement collapsed as well in the final hour.

It would appear that Fulham were waiting, had to wait due to the EFL’s FFP considerations, for Ryan Sessegnon’s move to Tottenham to clear before being able to turn around those funds for the 27-year-old defender. But because Spurs dragged their feet, Cottagers were unable to submit all the paperwork on Jamaican centre-back in time.

And so, the transfer is now expected to open in winter. It’s unclear if Michael will remain and train with Fulham, or if he’ll be sent back to Stamford Bridge or if he’ll go on loan somewhere else for the first half of the campaign.