1 February 2024

Fulham Agree Loan Deal For Chelsea's Broja  (Sky Sports)
Armando Broja
Fulham have agreed a deal in principle to sign Chelsea forward Armando Broja on loan until the end of the season.

The loan fee for the forward could be worth up to £4m - depending on appearances and performance.

The paperwork for the deal still needs to be finalised but all parties are hopeful that it will be completed in time for the 11pm deadline.

Broja has made 19 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring twice.

The 22-year-old was also wanted by Wolves on Deadline Day, but the Molineux club pulled out of negotiations.

Fulham have recently suffered a striker injury blow with Raul Jimenez ruled out for a few weeks with a hamstring injury sustained during their 0-0 draw with Everton on Tuesday.

Earlier on Deadline Day, before an agreement for Broja had been struck, Fulham manager Marco Silva revealed a centre-forward has been a top target since the sale of Aleksandr Mitrovic to Saudi Arabia club Al Hilal in the summer.

"It [wanting a new striker] is not just because Raul Jimenez is injured," he said. "Even with Raul in our squad, we sold a striker for a big amount of money last summer, we still haven't replaced him.

"It was important last summer and it was important at the beginning of the window."

Chelsea, meanwhile, will be left with Nicolas Jackson, Cole Palmer and Christopher Nkunku as their recognised first-team striking options.

This will also be Broja's first loan spell since his successful stint at Southampton where he scored nine times in 38 games.

'Broja deadlock finally broken by Fulham'

Sky Sports News' Gary Cotterill at Fulham's Motspur Park training ground:

"With five hours to go until the deadline, it appears Armando Broja is going to make that short journey from one west London club to another.

"He lives and trains about eight miles away at the Chelsea training ground, the South Circular takes him to Fulham and I've been told by the Cottagers they are working on bringing this deal to a close in time to beat the transfer deadline.

"There's been a little bit of brinkmanship involved, we know that originally Chelsea wanted to sell the player, he's a homegrown player so any profit goes straight into the bank account, but then they realised that wasn't going to happen and wanted a loan with a £5m loan fee.

"That wasn't good enough for Fulham, they baulked at that price and couldn't afford it. There's been negotiations going on all day, and we heard from Marco Silva in his press conference that they were working on it - he wants a striker because Raul Jimenez has picked up a hamstring injury.

"They've also never really replaced Aleksandar Mitrovic, and he left in the summer. We understand Broja is on his way to Motspur Way to complete that move before the deadline."

'Fulham will be hoping Broja can replicate Southampton form'

Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth:

"Fulham have wanted a striker throughout this transfer window. Raul Jimenez is injured at the moment but even with Jimenez fit and available, Fulham still wanted to reinforce in that area.

"Yes, Broja hasn't had the best of times in terms of goalscoring with Chelsea, but he has scored goals in the Premier League before when he was on loan at Southampton, particularly in the first half of that season.

"Fulham will be hoping that he can show that kind of form when he comes to Craven Cottage. They have been after him for a while, and they finally have their man."