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Fulham capture Greening on loan

Jonathan Greening
Greening has been club captain at West Brom for two years

Fulham have completed the signing of West Brom midfielder Jonathan Greening on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent move.

Terms of the deal have not been disclosed by the two clubs.

However, Albion previously rejected three bids of up to £4m from Fulham boss Roy Hodgson for the 30-year-old.

West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo said: "We made every effort to keep him. But eventually we felt the deal on the table was a good one for us."

The former Manchester United and Middlesbrough player submitted a transfer request in July, citing a desire to continue in the Premier League following West Brom's relegation.


And Di Matteo is undecided at the moment about how to replace his former captain.

"Jonno has been a big player for this club," he added. "We wish him good luck.

"At the moment, I think we have a very good squad with the players we've got.

"Let's not forget we have a couple of longer-term injuries with Ishmael Miller and James Morrison. I'm not going to rush into any decisions about another player."

Greening joined West Brom in a £1.25m move from Middlesbrough five years ago and was skipper when the team won promotion in 2007/08.

We have stressed all along that we are not under any financial pressure to sell our best players

Jeremy Peace - WBA chairman

And West Bromwich chairman Jeremy Peace admitted the club were reluctant to let Greening go.

"We have made strenuous efforts all summer to persuade Jonathan to sign a new long-term contract and in fact held more talks with him as recently as this week," he told the club website.

"As always, Jonathan has been a model professional ever since Fulham first lodged their interest a month ago.

"We have stressed all along that we are not under any financial pressure to sell our best players and that no-one would leave unless it is on our terms.

"The board and coaching staff firmly believe this is the right deal for the club and we wish Jonathan all the best at Fulham."

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