Chelsea have announce that midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah has joined Reading for the rest of the season on loan.
The highly-rated England Under-21 international was on the verge of securing a short-term move to Bordeaux earlier this month, but the deal fell through due to FIFA's three-club rule which prohibits players from turning out for more than two top-flight teams in the same season.
Because Chalobah has already played for Chelsea and Burnley this season, Bordeaux were unable to secure his services.
Chelsea announce deal
But the rule does not apply to Championship outfit Reading, who currently find themselves in danger of being dragged into the relegation mire.
According to Reading Chronicle reporter Paul Carey, the Royals deal to take Chalobah to the Madejski Stadium has been completed and should be announced today (Thursday) barring any last-minute complications.
Clarke's first signing
Chalobah may have been urged to join Reading by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, whose former assistant Steve Clarke was appointed manager of the Royals last month.
The central midfielder becomes Clark's first signing since taking charge of the second-tier side.
Reading sit 18th in the Championship table, seven points clear of the relegation zone, and have won just one of their previous seven league fixtures.
Chalobah to make Reading debut on Saturday?
Chalobah could make his debut in Saturday's FA Cup fourth round tie against Cardiff City, while his league debut is likely to come during Tuesday night's trip to Millwall.
The Sierra Leone-born youngster will be hoping to see more playing time at the Madejski Stadium following his disappointing loan spell with Burnley.
Sean Dyche took the player to Turf Moor with the intention of playing him on a weekly basis, but the midfielder played just 69 minutes of Premier League football before returning to Stamford Bridge at the start of January.
Chalobah has impressed on loan spells with Championship clubs in the past - at Watford, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough - and Mourinho will be hoping the player can rediscover some much-needed form and confidence before reporting back to Chelsea for pre-season training this summer.
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