Chelsea starlet Islam Feruz set for Oldham loan

HITC Sport understands Chelsea forward Islam Feruz is set to join Oldham Athletic on loan.

Oldham have won the race to sign highly-rated Chelsea youngster Islam Feruz on loan, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

The Scotland Under-21 international has yet to make his senior debut for Chelsea, but is highly-regarded within the corridors of power at Stamford Bridge.

Feruz came to prominence at Celtic before making the controversial switch to Chelsea as a 16-year-old in 2011.

The 19-year-old has been a regular in Chelsea's Under-21 side and was rewarded with a new long-term in January 2014.

Chelsea decided to send Feruz out on loan last season, but his two sells at OFI Crete and Blackpool did not work out as planned.

Feruz made just one appearance at OFI Crete before cutting the season-long spell short to join Blackpool, where he made only two appearances before being sent back early to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are keen to send Feruz out on loan again this season so that the forward can gain valuable experience before trying to make the step up to the first team at Stamford Bridge.

A number of clubs at home and abroad are thought to have expressed an interest in signing the gifted forward on loan, but Oldham have swooped in to snap him up for six months.

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