Sofiane Loan Move

French striker Youssef Sofiane has joined Dutch side Roda JC on loan for the rest of the season. The 20-year-old former Auxerre forward hopes to secure some first-team experience with the Dutch club after making two appearances for the Hammers senior side.

Alan Pardew hopes the young Frenchman's ability is allowed to blossom in Holland.

"Youssef hasn't had the opportunities to make an impact this season," said Pards, "and at his age he really needs to be pushing for a first-team place.

"So we've agreed for him to go out on loan until the end of this season, where he'll be involved on a more regular basis with the first-team and get the experience of playing against senior players every week."