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Aug 20, 2009

Fulham sign West Brom skipper Greening

Fulham have signed West Bromich Albion skipper Jonathan Greening on a season-long loan, with a view to a permanent move.

The 30-year-old midfielder will undergo a medical at Craven Cottage after the two clubs agreed terms on a deal that would allow Greening to remain with Fulham for a fee of £4.5m.

The Cottagers had three bids for Greening rejected during the summer but the former Manchester United player, who had handed in a transfer request following relegation to the League Championship, was left out of West Brom's most recent match on Tuesday.

Baggies chairman Jermy Peace said: "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.

"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.''

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

He began his career at York before being picked up by Manchester United and then sold to Middlesbrough for £2m in 2001 after failing to break into the first-team picture at Old Trafford.

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