Zakaria Labyad joins Fulham on loan, Fernando Amorebieta returns

Sporting's Moroccan midfielder Zakaria Labyad celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Europa League football match Sporting CP vs Videoton FC at the Alvalade stadium in Lisbon on December 7, 2012
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Fulham sign Zakaria Labyad on loan for the rest of the season, while also recalling Fernando Amorebieta early from his loan spell at Middlesbrough.

Fulham have confirmed the signing of Zakaria Labyad on a loan deal from Sporting Lisbon until the end of the season.

The 22-year-old attacker joined Sporting from PSV Eindhoven, where he progressed through the ranks before going on to spend time on loan at Vitesse.

During his 18-month spell in the Eredivisie Labyad scored 12 times for Vitesse to help the club to consecutive top-six finishes.

The Morocco international will now spend the remainder of the season at Craven Cottage as he looks to help Fulham climb away from the Championship relegation zone.

The Cottagers have also brought Fernando Amorebieta back from his loan spell with Middlesbrough, where he made 16 appearances to help the club into the automatic promotion places.

The Venezuelan had initially been scheduled to spend the entire season at the Riverside, but Fulham have instead recalled him early to help their battle against the drop.

Amorebieta's return also paved the way for Nikolay Bodurov to leave the club on loan, joining FC Midtjylland until the end of the season.

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