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Taarabt signs for Fulham on season-long loan

Moroccan reunited with coach Martin Jol, says he hopes to return to QPR one day
Published: August 7, 9:14 PM
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LONDON — Fulham have completed the loan signing of Adel Taarabt, with Martin Jol finally landing a player he has admired since their time together at Tottenham.

Taarabt, 24, has signed a season-long loan agreement with Fulham following relegation with Queens Park Rangers.

Jol worked with the Morocco international when he was a young player at White Hart Lane and on the fringes of the first-team squad.

But since leaving Spurs, Jol was tempted to sign Taarabt during his spells in charge of both Hamburg and Ajax without a deal ever being struck, with the Dutchman enthusing about his latest signing following Monday night’s friendly draw with Real Betis.

“I like his creativity,” Jol said after confirming a loan move was nearing completion.

“Sometimes it comes off when he scores a lot of goals and I think he was involved in 40 goals (during QPR’s 2010-11 Championship promotion season).

“It is like (Fulham striker) Dimitar Berbatov — sometimes these fantastic talents will be blamed, but I hope to find a way to gel him in together with the boys we’ve got.

“I think he can do a hell of a job for us because he is a tremendous player on the ball.”

Taarabt told QPR officials earlier this summer of his wish to leave the club. “This was a difficult decision for me, but at this stage of my career I feel I need to be playing at the top level,” he said.

“I hope the fans understand my decision and I really hope to return to Loftus Road one day.

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