Taarabt signs for Fulham on season-long loan
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.