Wayne Bridge has been granted permission to leave on loan during the current transfer window, according to newspaper reports.
Bridge is seeking first-team football to ensure a place in the England squad for the World Cup. Fulham are favourites to seal a deal within 48 hours.
Tottenham ‘make move for Bridge’ · Update
Tottenham have reportedly entered the race to sign Wayne Bridge on loan, and may also be ready to pay £7m for him if Chelsea want to sell.
Jose Mourinho is reported to want to keep Bridge, but is said to be prepared to loan him out.
Bridge agrees loan move to Fulham · Update
Wayne Bridge has agreed to join Fulham on loan for the rest of the season in order to secure regular football. He will go straight into Chris Coleman’s squad for their visit to West Ham on Monday.
Bridge said: “The next few months is an incredibly important period for me to be playing regular football. I would obviously love to be part of Sven-Goran Eriksson’s plans for the World Cup.”
Bridge’s departure means that Glen Johnson will stay at the club for the rest of the season because Mourinho needs cover in case of injury to William Gallas.