Queens Park Rangers midfielder Adel Taarabt has signed for Fulham on a season-long loan.
The Morocco international said the move was prompted by his desire to remain in top flight football after QPR were relegated to the Championship.
“This was a difficult decision for me, but at this stage of my career I feel I need to be playing at the top level.
“I hope the fans understand my decision and I really hope to return to Loftus Road one day.”
QPR secured a permanent deal for Taarabt in 2010 after playing the 2009/10 season for Rangers on loan from Tottenham Hotspur.
He made 150 league appearances for the Loftus Road club and was named as the Championship’s player of the year in 2010/11 on the way to helping Rangers clinch promotion to English top flight.
He scored five goals in 31 appearances for QPR last season as the London club finished bottom of the Premier League table.