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MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27:  Middlesbrough's Tomas Kalas in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough and Leeds United at the Riverside on September 27, 2015 in Middlesbrough, England.  (Photo by Richard Sellers/Getty Images)
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Chelsea sends Tomas Kalas on loan again, this time to Fulham

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23-year-old defender Tomas Kalas has been shipped out on loan again, where he will spend all of next season in the Championship at Fulham following up an 18-month spell at Middlesbrough.

Fulham becomes the fifth team Kalas has joined on loan since making the switch to Chelsea in 2010 as a 17-year-old. He was first loaned back to his hometown club of Sigma Olomouc, and has since spent time at Vitesse Arnham, FC Koln, and Middlesbrough.

The Czech international, naturally a central defender who can also play on the right side, would have needed to compete with Gary Cahill, the returning John Terry, Kurt Zouma, and Matt Miazga among others for a spot in the Blues’ first team defense.

Kalas was part of a Middlesbrough squad that conceded a league-low 31 goals last season on its way to automatic promotion to the Premier League via a second-place finish. Fulham, on the other hand, conceded 79 goals last campaign, two off the most in the Championship. The Whites finished 11 points and two places above relegation to League One.

Since joining Chelsea permanently, Kalas has made just four senior-team appearances for the Blues – only two of them for more than one minute. He also has three caps for the Czech national team, the most recent of which saw him play the full 90 minutes in a 3-1 friendly loss to Poland last November.

Brendan Rodgers, Celtic land Moussa Dembele on free transfer

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Brendan Rodgers have worked some magic to bring a difference maker to Paradise.

Fulham’s French whiz kid Moussa Dembele is off to Scotland, eschewing Premier League interest to join up with the perennial Scottish champions.

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The 19-year-old is coming off a 17-goal season for Fulham in a year where the Cottagers didn’t do much well. He made two PL appearances in 2013 at age 17 before Fulham was relegated to the Championship.

What a coup for Rodgers, the ex-Liverpool and new Celtic boss who will be at the helm for a fierce rivalry with Rangers. Players like Dembele could make a major difference in whether the Old Firm is topped by green or blue.

And for Dembele, it’s almost guaranteed playing time in the UEFA Champions League in the second qualifying round in mid-July.

USMNT’s Hyndman headed to Premier League with Bournemouth

United States midfielder Emerson Hyndman (8) gets past Cuba defender Adrian Arturo Diz Pe during the first half of a CONCACAF men's Olympic qualifying soccer match Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Kansas City, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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One of the United States’ brightest young prospects is headed to the Premier League.

We’ve known for months that Emerson Hyndman, 20, would be leaving Fulham despite the Craven Cottage club’s wishes, and now we know the destination.

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Hyndman is headed to Bournemouth to join Eddie Howe‘s Cherries.

Here’s what the Southern outfit had to say about their new American:

AFC Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake said, “We’ve moved swiftly in the window to secure Emerson’s signature and we are delighted to have finalised the deal to bring such a promising young talent to AFC Bournemouth.
“Emerson is a highly rated young player and already boasts international experience, so will be a welcome addition to Eddie and Jason’s squad.
“We now look forward to seeing him in action at Vitality Stadium in of our second season in the top flight.”
Twice capped by the USMNT, Hyndman made 24 league appearances for Fulham and scored once. The attack-minded midfielder has captained the U-20 national team as well.
Happy to see more U.S. blood joining Geoff Cameron and DeAndre Yedlin in the Premier League.

Fulham owner Khan pledges transfer “green light” in aim for Premier League promotion

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24:  New Fulham Chairman Shahid Khan is greeted by fans ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Arsenal at Craven Cottage on August 24, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Fulham has done some magnificent things in the 2000s, something owner Shahid Khan probably expected to continue when he took over in 2013.

Instead, Khan got one year of Premier League football, a season that involved three managers and a lot of tumult en route to relegation.

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Now after two seasons of failing to bounce back to the top flight, Khan is pledging to support manager into 2016-17 with the aims of returning to the Premier League.

In a message to season ticket holders on Fulham’s site, Khan said the following regarding the team under former Watford manager Slaviša Jokanović, who took over Fulham on Dec. 27:

Slaviša will be given the green light to build a team capable of promotion, and that’s important, because it appears the Sky Bet Championship will be as difficult as ever.

The complete support and passion of our loyal fans will be crucial as we begin our first full season under Slaviša’s direction and take aim at promotion, and that’s why season ticket prices will not increase next season. We want and need you with us!

Fulham is in the Championship’s 21st place, nine points clear of the drop zone but 23 points off the promotion playoff pace. That’s 39 points away from the automatic promotion spots, so smart buys and plenty will be needed to improve the club for a run at the Premier League (especially with at least two sizable clubs joining the Championship next season in Aston Villa and Sunderland and/or Newcastle United).

The Cottagers, in the past sometimes described as “Fulhamerica”, have a pair of American players in Emerson Hyndman and Tim Ream, though the former is expected to move onto greener pastures in the summer. U-21 midfielder Luca de la Torre is another Yank at Craven Cottage.

Report: Chelsea closing in on Fulham striker Moussa Dembele

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 08:  Moussa Dembele of Fulham holds off  George Boyd of Burnley during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Burnley at Craven Cottage on March 8, 2016 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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French striker Moussa Dembele has been delivering on his promise for Fulham, and now may be headed across London.

Just not where we expected.

Sky Sports is reporting that Dembele, 19, is expected to finalize a deal to join Antonio Conte’s Chelsea side this summer, reinvigorating a strike force led by Diego Costa, Alexandre Pato, Pedro and Loic Remy.

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Dembele has 16 goals this season for Fulham, which is now safely above the drop zone in the Championship.

So three months after nearly making our dreams come true with a proposed move to join Mousa Dembele at Tottenham, Moussa Dembele could be the lone Moussa Dembele at Stamford Bridge.

By the way, Pato wants to stay, too, and backed Conte. From the London Evening Standard:

“Conte will do very well here,” he added. “He’s a guy who has a real desire to win. He revolutionised Juventus, winning a lot. I am sure that it will be the same here.

“He will sign the players Chelsea need.”