Chelsea striker Armando Broja agrees transfer deadline day loan exit | Football

Armando Broja is leaving Chelsea on another loan deal (Picture: Getty Images)

Chelsea have agreed a deal with Fulham for striker Armando Broja to make the short move from Stamford Bridge to Craven Cottage on loan for the rest of the season.

The 22-year-old has made 13 Premier League appearances this season, six of which have been in the starting XI, scoring just one league goal.

The Blues are short of options up front, but Mauricio Pochettino has clearly decided that Broja is not the answer to his problems and the Albania international is moving on a short-term deal.

The forward has already spent loan spells away from Chelsea at Vitesse in Holland and Southampton in the Premier League, now will have the chance to shine for Fulham after Raul Jimenez picked up a hamstring injury this week.

Sky Sports report that Chelsea wanted a loan fee of £5m for Broja but that has been negotiated down by Fulham.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano reports that Fulham will pay a fee that could rise to £4m to take the striker on loan for the rest of the season.

Blues boss Mauricio Pochettino said Broja is a player with ‘massive’ potential earlier this month, and has not ruled out him returning to Stamford Bridge and playing for Chelsea, like Harry Kane did at Tottenham.

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Armando Broja has not done enough to convince Mauricio Pochettino he can lead the line for Chelsea this season (Picture: Getty Images)

‘The potential is massive,’ Pochettino said. ‘All the biggest strikers need time. When they are young, they need to find their own balance. But I believe that he has the potential to be an amazing striker.

‘I always compare it to Harry Kane. He went on loan to Leyton Orient, Norwich and spent time finding his real balance. In our first six months he started to perform only in December and January and that’s when we started to see his real potential.’


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