Chelsea kid Gael Kakuta set to join London rivals Fulham on loan

20 January 2011 11:04

Fulham are interested in signing teenage striker Gael Kakuta on loan from west London neighbours Chelsea.

The two clubs have a good understanding and the 19-year-old is keen to play under Fulham boss Mark Hughes, a former Chelsea player.

Move across town: Kakuta (R) is set to join Fulham on loan for the rest of the season

Hughes has also spoken to Arsenal about England Under 21 midfielderHenri Lansbury, who spent a month on loan at Norwich City this season.

But, with Barclays Premier League clubs only able to take twoplayers on loan at once, Fulham are unlikely to sign both young,relatively inexperienced players on short-term deals.

Hughes is losing striker David Elm, 28, who is close to completing apermanent move back to his native Sweden, and is involved in ongoingtalks with Manchester City about signing winger Shaun Wright-Phillipsfor the rest of the season.

On the move: Kakuta will be hoping to get more first team experience under his belt

Fulham are confident Wright-Phillips wants to re-join his formerboss Hughes and personal terms have been agreed, but City would preferto sell the 29-year-old on a permanent deal, and Newcastle are alsopromising suitors.

It is unlikely Liverpool left back Paul Konchesky will return toFulham, even though the 29-year-old is desperate for a move away fromMerseyside, less than five months after leaving west London.

Fulham are the only top-flight club who could take him on loan, ashe has played a game there this season, but they already have CarlosSalcido, Matthew Briggs and Chris Baird.

Meanwhile, Carlo Ancelotti is clinging to the hope that FrankLampard will be fit to face Bolton on Monday night, although atraining-ground calf injury means a two-week lay-off looks more likely.

The 32-year-old has already missed four months of the season withgroin and abductor muscle injuries and only returned to action inDecember.

Chelsea tried to allay fears that Lampard could face another lengthyabsence by saying they 'expected' him to be ready for the Reebok.

But Ancelotti has been extremely cautious with Lampard's injuriesthis season, and it is unlikely he will risk aggravating themidfielder's latest problem, given how vital he is to getting Chelsea'scampaign back on track.

If the England star is ruled out for a fortnight, he will also missChelsea's FA Cup clash with Everton and Premier League games againstSunderland and Liverpool.

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