Chelsea have completed the signing of Michael Hector from Reading for £4 million, the club have confirmed.
The 23-year-old has been loaned straight back to the Royals, as he looks to inspire them to an improvement on a disappointing 2014/15 season.
He joined Reading’s academy in 2009 and has made a total of 58 appearances for the Royals, scoring three goals.
Hector, who made his international debut for Jamaica earlier this year and was part of their squad for the Copa America, is the second defensive signing Chelsea have made today following the arrival of Papy Dijlobodj from Nantes.
A powerful centre-back, Hector is also capable of playing at right-back or in midfield and was heavily linked with a move to Crystal Palace in the last few days, but he has opted to join the Premier League champions instead.
Hector was a shining light during a difficult campaign for Reading, who finished 19th last term.
Before that, he was loaned out to 11 clubs including several non-league teams, as well as notably enjoying temporary spells at Aberdeen and Cheltenham Town.
Reading fans… What do you make of the news? How big a loss will Hector be at the end of this season? Who can replace him? Have you got good value for him? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!