Moroccan playmaker Adel Taarabt has joined Fulham on a season-long loan from west London rivals Queens Park Rangers, the Premier League club announced today.
The move sees Taarabt reunited with Fulham coach Martin Jol, who brought him to England from French club Lens in 2007 during the Dutchman's time as Tottenham Hotspur manager. Taarabt, 24, was relegated from the Premier League with QPR last season, but he did not rule out the prospect of returning to Loftus Road when his loan deal expires.
"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. I wish QPR well for the season and hope they achieve promotion back to where I believe the club belongs."
Speaking ahead of Taarabt's arrival being confirmed, Jol said he was looking forward to working with the Moroccan again. "I like his creativity. 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)," he said on Monday.
"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 has made over 150 appearances for QPR and captained the side that secured promotion to the Premier League from the Championship in 2011.
The Morocco international is Jol's sixth summer signing after permanent moves for goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, defenders Sascha Riether and Fernando Amorebieta, midfielder Derek Boateng, and young forward Ange-Freddy Plumain.