While Antonio Conte has been heavily involved with the signing of players for Chelsea this summer, he has been parted at the back for the amount of funds recouped for the side since the January transfer window.
Chelsea still have an eye in the transfer window but latest report has revealed that they have agreed a deal with Doncaster that will see midfielder Jordan Houghton spend the first half of this season on loan with The Rovers.
Houghton joined Chelsea at the U-8 and earned his first professional contract with the Blues in 2014 but he is in the final year of the said contract. He has failed to make any senior appearance for Chelsea but has spent the last two years on loan spells at Gillingham, Plymouth Argyle and Doncaster Rovers.
He is expected to head back to head back to the Keepmoat Stadium next week, where he’ll continue to develop and ply his trade on loan a six months loan. Doncaster have an option to further extend the contract beyond January.
Confirming the report, Ferguson Said:
“Houghton’s all done. It’s just been agreed now,” said Doncaster boss Darren Ferguson at his pre-match press conference. It won’t be completed until Wednesday but it’s done. The paperwork’s all completed, it’s gone to the Football League.
“We’re all absolutely delighted. He’ll probably join us around mid-September time. The last game he’s got pencilled in for Chelsea Under-23s is on September 18, the Monday night.
“That’s the last one he would play for them and then he would come with us. It’s the week of the cup match [with Arsenal] he’d be with us.”
Houghton has been out injured but he made a substitute cameo in Chelsea’s U-23 2-0 win over Derby County last Friday.
He had a barnstorming season with Rovers in League Two last term until an injury scuppered his impressive season in Januay. He’s certain to play regularly for the side.