Ephraim extends loan until end of season

Young Hammers striker Hogan Ephraim has extended his loan spell at Colchester United until the end of the season.

The 18-year-old has made six substitute appearances for the Championship side since originally moving on a one-month switch in November and, having agreed to adding another month on to the deal in December, Alan Curbishley has now given permission for Hogan to remain at Layer Road for the rest of the campaign.

Following Hogan's departure until the end of the season, new signing Calum Davenport has been handed squad number 27.