Chelsea have completed the £4m signing of Reading defender Michael Hector, but have loaned him back to the club for the remainder of the 2015/16 season, according to the club’s official website.
The 23-year-old has penned a five-year contract with The Blues, but will not link up with the club until next summer.
A Jamaican international with six caps to his name, the official website claims that he is a boyhood Chelsea fan and started his career on the books of Millwall before moving to Reading in 2009.
And after a series of loan moves, he made his debut for The Royals in 2014 at 21 years of age.
Under former Chelsea coach Steve Clarke, Hector established himself as a first team regular for Reading, making 49 appearances across all competitions and scoring three goals in the process.
He even featured in all 120 minutes of the club’s FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal at Wembley Stadium.
Hector, who captained Reading for the first time last week, has represented Jamaica at international level and started all three of their matches at this summer’s Copa America.