Wednesday 07 August 2013

Loan signing Taarabt reunited with Jol at Fulham

Morocco playmaker returns to Barclays Premier League after signing year-long loan deal from QPR

  • Taarabt scored five Barclays Premier League goals for Queens Park Rangers last season

Morocco international Adel Taarabt has been reunited with former manager Martin Jol after agreeing to join Fulham from Queens Park Rangers on a season-long loan.

The attacking midfielder, who played for Jol at Tottenham Hotspur, returns to the Barclays Premier League after scoring five goals in 25 top-flight appearances last season.

The 24-year-old started his senior career at Lens in 2006, having spent two seasons with the French club's youth team. He signed for Spurs in January 2007, where he made nine Barclays Premier League appearances as a substitute for the first team before signing for QPR in 2010 after a successful loan period at Loftus Road.

Taarabt made 150 league appearances for QPR, scoring 34 goals, and has played 16 times for Morocco, scoring four international goals.

He becomes Fulham's sixth summer signing after the arrivals of Netherlands goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg from Roma, Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng from FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and Athletic Bilbao defender Amorebieta.

Right-back Sascha Riether also made his move from Cologne permanent after a successful loan last season, while midfielder Giorgos Karagounis re-signed in the close season after having been released.

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Key Points

  • Fulham sign Morocco forward Adel Taarabt
  • The 24-year-old moves from Queens Park Rangers on a season-long loan
  • Taarabt reunited with former Tottenham Hotspur manager Martin Jol at Craven Cottage