“He’s a different profile”: Premier League manager waxes lyrical about Chelsea star

Fulham manager Marco Silva has waxed lyrical about new signing Armando Broja ahead of the loanee’s potential first start for the club this weekend.

Chelsea sent the Albanian striker to Craven Cottage on transfer deadline day and he appeared off the bench in last weekend’s 2-2 draw at Burnley.

Bournemouth head to west London on Saturday and Silva has talked up Broja’s ability to make an instant impact.

“He can add many good things for us, definitely,” Silva told reporters.

“He’s a different profile to what we have in the squad. His capacity, he’s a more dynamic striker to Raul Jimenez. He will add something different to us.

“His qualities are his pace, his capacity to attack in behind, he’s dynamic in his mobility and can cause problems to the back line and we will expect good things from him.

“He’s adapting to our model and is in a happy place.

“This week was important for him. He had to understand what we expect from him on the pitch.”

(Watch behind-the-scene video) Armando Broja reacts to Fulham loan move

Armando Broja admits he can’t wait to take his chance at Fulham after joining Chelsea’s rivals on loan.

There was a nervy wait for Fulham fans but the deal is now over the line.

The Cottagers had filed a ‘deal sheet’ to the league prior to the 11pm cut off for transfers.

But the 22-year-old eventually sealed his move until the end of the season.

He said: “It feels amazing. I’m really happy to be here and I can’t wait to get started, meet the players and manager and play for the fans.

“The fans always play a big role and I can’t wait to go to Craven Cottage and meet them all. I’m going to work hard for the team and create a real bond.

“I’m really honoured and excited to be here.”

AFCON star rejects Premier League move

Sebastien Haller has rejected a return to the Premier League after Fulham enquired about the Borussia Dortmund striker.

According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, the Londoners were given the green light by the Bundesliga giants to speak to the Ivorian last night.

However, the 29-year-old is currently focused on Afcon with his country facing a quarter-final tie against Mali on Saturday, and has no desire to to discuss a deadline day move.

Haller – once West Ham’s record signing – has yet to find the net in the Bundesliga this season following his recovery from testicular cancer.

Fulham join West Ham, Crystal Palace in race to sign Chelsea star

Fulham want to sign Trevoh Chalobah from Chelsea, according to Sky Germany.

The defender could leave Stamford Bridge this month and hasn’t played a single minute for Chelsea under Mauricio Pochettino after picking up a thigh injury.

The 24-year-old has two-and-a-half years left on his current contract and made 33 appearances in all competitions last term.

West Ham and Crystal Palace have been linked with a move for Chalobah, but Fulham have now joined the race for his signature. Sky report that talks are ongoing over a loan deal with an option to buy.