Confirmed: 27-year-old defender will leave Chelsea in January

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Chelsea midfielder Michael Hector will join Fulham from in January on a two-and-a-half-year contract, according to the reports.

The London clubs have agreed on an undisclosed fee for the Jamaica international defender, with the Cottagers holding an option to extend his deal for a further 12 months.

The ex-Reading defender, who spent last campaign on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, will train with his new partners until he is free to play for them.

Hector told Fulham’s website: “It was an easy decision to make. My Mum is from Fulham, so it’s nice to join a club that some of my family support.

“It’s good to now be a part of the set-up here. Hopefully things can work out well and we can get promoted. I know how tough the Championship is and it won’t be any different for us.

“We’ll have to work hard for it but the squad is very good and my job will be to help them push for promotion.”

Vice-chairman and director of football operations Tony Khan said: “Michael Hector is a talented central defender with experience in the Championship, where he was Sheffield Wednesday’s Player of the Year last season, and his imposing height will bring a new dimension to our defence.”

Meanwhile, another Chelsea ace Callum Hudson-Odoi has been tipped to depart from Stamford Bridge during the January transfer window with Bayern Munich still interested to recruit the English forward as England international attacker yet to sign a contract extension with the Blues.