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Fulham have tonight confirmed the capture of Watford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah for a fee believed to be around £3m.

The England international has signed a two-year contract at Craven Cottage, with Fulham holding an option to extend that deal by a further year. The 26 year-old is reunited with Marco Silva, who had managed him during the Portuguese head coach’s time in charge at Vicarage Road.

Chalobah told Fulham’s official website:

“There’s a great project here, one that excites me. I worked with the gaffer during my first year at Watford and I always got a good vibe from him. I’ve looked at the team here and thought there’s the potential to be back in the Premier League next year. That’s the target.”

The holding midfielder spent a brief period in Fulham’s academy as a youngster before moving to Chelsea, for whom he made fifteen senior appearances. Chalobah had a number of loan spells away from Stamford Bridge, including with the Hornets, before signing for Watford permanently in 2018. Chalobah made 84 appearances in total for Watford, scoring four goals and helped the club return to the top flight last season. He won a senior England cap as a late substitute in the sensational 3-2 Nations League victory over Spain in October 2018.