Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa has joined Spanish side Villarreal on a season-long loan, Fulham have confirmed this evening.

The Cameroon international was a £22m deadline-day signing for Fulham last August from Marseilles, but struggled to adapt to English football. His first season at Craven Cottage was a frustrating one, as he made just 25 first-team appearances as the Whites were relegated. Anguissa’s performances did improve towards the end of the campaign once Scott Parker replaced Claudio Ranieri in the Fulham dug out, but the 23 year-old has opted to move on rather than play in the Championship this season.

Villarreal will have the option of making the loan move permanent at the end of the season. Anguissa’s departure means Parker’s squad looks light on options in the key defensive midfield position, with only Scottish veteran Kevin McDonald and Guinea international Ibrahima Cisse accomplished at filling in the role amongst the first-team squad.