Ola Aina joins Fulham on loan


British-Nigerian international and Torino defender Ola Aina, has joined newly-promoted English Premier League side Fulham, on loan.

Aina’s loan move is ahead of Fulham’s opening match today against FA champions Arsenal.

Aina, who expressed happiness to return to London where he was born and raised could remain in Fulham permanently if should the club side choose that option, as it is open to them.

“It feels amazing to be back closer to my family, back in the capital,” Aina told the club’s media channel.

“There’s a great bunch of lads here. I’m really good friends with Big Hec (Michael Hector) and Josh Onomah.” he said.

Having grown in in skills at the neighbouring Chelsea’s youth system, Aina spent the last two seasons with Torino and played 69 times with his versatility allowing him to play on either flank.

“I feel very comfortable on either foot. I can fill in wherever needs be.

“I’d say I’m pretty quick and I like to attack, but I also like to help the team and do the dirty work as much as I can”, he added.

Aina’s signing follows the capture of midfielder Harrison Reed, goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, right-back Kenny Tete and midfielder Mario Lemina and left-back Antonee Robinson.