Fulham defender Jon Harley has signed for Sheffield United.
The former Chelsea trainee has joined The Blades on a permanent basis after his end of season loan spell with West Ham United failed to bring a permanent move to Upton Park.
As a Fulham player, Harley had two loan spells with Neil Warnock’s side and the player has decided that his future lies at Bramall Lane from next season.
The defender has agreed a three-year deal and becomes the club’s first summer signing, as The Blades aim to push for promotion to The Premiership next season.
“I think Jon performs to his best when he is happy in his environment and I think it is true to say that he hasn’t been over the last few years,” Warnock told the club’s official website.
“That’s what he needs right now and I am expecting him to complement our left side which is a strong part of the team.
“He’s also a smashing lad in the dressing room and that is another reason why he will be an important signing.”
Jon Harley will return to Fulham this week after West Ham decided against signing him on a permanent basis.
The 24-year-old left-back spent three months at Upton Park but Hammers boss Alan Pardew believes he is now surplus to requirements at Upton Park.
“Jon Harley is going back to Fulham. I’ve got players who can play at left-back,” said Pardew.
Harley made 16 appearances for West Ham, scoring on his debut against Sheffield United.
Fulham have told Harley he can leave the club for free when his contract expires in the summer.
West Ham boss Alan Pardew says he will decide this week whether to sign Fulham defender Jon Harley on a permanent basis.
The left-back has impressed during his loan spell at the club, but his time at Upton Park is set to come to an end after this Saturday’s game against Coventry and it is make your mind up time for Pardew.
The Hammers cannot take him on loan for the rest of the season, so they either have to sign him on a permanent basis or let him return to Fulham.
“Jon Harley is up this Saturday,” Pardew revealed. “I have to make a decision on him and I will do that in the next couple of days.”
Harley is out of favour with the Cottagers and following an impressive stint at Upton Park, is hopeful that the two clubs can come to an agreement.
Fulham full back Jon Harley has extended his loan stay at West Ham by a further two months.
Harley has been told he has no future at Fulham, so joined West Ham in mid-January in the hope of proving himself worthy of a permanent deal.
Hammers chief Alan Pardew has been impressed with Harley’s efforts over the last four weeks and felt it wise to secure him on a longer deal.
“John has signed for two more months which I think is good for West Ham fans because he has played well,” Pardew told the club’s website.
Pardew has thrown down the gauntlet to the former Chelsea full back.
“It is two more months for him to see if he can secure a permanent deal,” added Pardew
West Ham completed the one month loan signing of defender Jon Harley from Fulham and handed the full back an instant debut against Sheffield United in Saturday’s Division One encounter.
Hammers boss Alan Pardew has been very active in the transfer market after selling England number one David James to Manchester City in midweek.
The East Londoners brought Rami Shaaban and Andy Melville to the club on Friday, and followed it up with the capture of Harley.
The former Chelsea defender has reportedly fallen out with Fulham boss Chris Coleman, and has been allowed to move across the capital.
Harley spent time on loan at Sheffield United, but lined up against Neil Warnock’s promotion-chasers on Saturday.