Adel Taarabt is on the move once again.
The 24-year-old Moroccon international, who moved from Queens Park Rangers to Fulham on a season-long loan deal this summer, has been signed by Italian club AC Milan to another loan, the club confirmed.
The staff at AC Milan's official website provided a statement from Taarabt discussing the move:
'I feel very happy and I'm so proud to be here. I'm an attacking player, personally I don't know Balotelli personally but I know him because he played in Premier League'. Adel Taarabt's first thoughts as an AC Milan player after his arrival at Linate Airport.
Football Italia's Staff previously provided a statement as well from Taarabt conversing with Milan Channel:
“I am honoured to be able to play at the best club in the world,” Taarabt has told Milan Channel this morning.
“I have spoken with Seedorf and we are both happy. I am an attacker and I like to play behind the strikers.
“I do not know Balotelli personally, but I know who he is and I am pleased to be able to play with him.”
The AC Milan Holland Twitter account followed with an image of Taarabt's arrival:
Nog een foto van Taarabt op het vliegveld van Milaan. pic.twitter.com/MWNR2h1Swi— AC Milan Holland (@ACMilanHolland) January 30, 2014
Goal.com's Wayne Veysey was first to report the news and explain how a second loan is possible:
AC Milan have agreed a loan deal with Fulham for Adel Taarabt until end of the season. Medical in Italy tomorrow.— Wayne Veysey (@wayneveysey) January 29, 2014
PL rules don't allow player to undertake 2 PL loans in same season. But he can move overseas. Taarabt FFC-QPR loan has Jan release clause.— Wayne Veysey (@wayneveysey) January 29, 2014
Taarabt has been one of the more polarizing players in England for the last several years.
Drawing comparisons to the legendary Zinedine Zidane when he signed for Tottenham at just 18 years of age, Taarabt never made an impact at White Hart Lane. He did, however, receive multiple loans to QPR before eventually signing with The Hoops.
During his time at Loftus Road, Taarabt showed glimpses of his supreme talent and sky-high ceiling, leading the team in goals en route to promotion during the 2010-11 season.
Despite that success, question marks surrounding his discipline and temper always remained.
With The Cottagers, he scored zero goals in 12 appearances despite firing off 29 shots, per WhoScored.com. He tallied one assist and, per Squawka.com, created a solid seven chances, but he was never really able to have a consistent positive influence.
Now, he's headed overseas.
How would you grade this potential loan deal for AC Milan?
If Clarence Seedorf, who has gotten heaps of production out of the enigmatic Mario Balotelli, is able to tap Taarabt's potential and get him to control his emotions, this has the potential to serve as a crucial signing for the Italian side.
With just 28 points through 21 matches, AC Milan currently sit in ninth place on the Serie A table, putting the Rossoneri in danger of their worst finish since the 1997-98 campaign.
Should he play under control, Taarabt's attacking prowess and skill with the ball at his feet could prove to be a beneficial late-transfer reinforcement.