Nouble makes Tykes switch

West Ham United

West Ham have loaned young striker Frank Nouble to Championship rivals Barnsley.

The 20-year-old, who had a spell on loan at Oakwell last season, has put pen to paper on an initial one-month deal.

Nouble will be out of contract at Upton Park in the summer and is well down the strikers’ pecking order behind the likes of Nicky Maynard, Sam Baldock, Carlton Cole and Ricardo Vaz Te.

He could still do his promotion-chasing parent club a favour, though, if he makes his debut against leaders Southampton on Saturday.