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Barnes secures Fulham loan switch

Giles Barnes
Barnes has made just one league start this season

Derby County midfielder Giles Barnes has joined Fulham on loan until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent move.

The 20-year-old was paraded at Craven Cottage before Fulham's Premier League clash with Portsmouth on Saturday.

Barnes scored twice in Derby's 4-2 League Cup defeat at Manchester United under new manager Nigel Clough.

He progressed through Derby’s youth ranks and has represented England at Under-18 and Under-19 level.

Barnes' impressive performances for the Rams earned him a Championship player of the month award in March 2007, followed with Derby’s young player of the season award.

An injury sustained in the play-off final at Wembley in May 2007, meant Barnes’ first Premier League start was not until October that year.

He scored his first top-flight goal against Newcastle United in December 2007.

Discussing the move, Clough told BBC Radio Derby: "We've got to give Giles that opportunity.

"He's not what we'd class as a 100% match-fit, he's been out an awfully long time and in our situation we hope it [the move] won't do us any harm."

Clough added: "It is a dilemma that we haven't got that time or luxury to give him a few games to get him match-fit.

"We need players and results now, so that was behind our thinking as well."

Barnes has scored 10 league goals for the Rams since joining as a trainee in 2005.

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