Nouble off to West Brom

England Under-19 striker Frank Nouble is to join West Bromwich Albion on an initial 28-day loan.

Nouble has headed to the Championship high-fliers until 9 March, with first-team chances limited at the Boleyn Ground after the arrival of Benni McCarthy, Mido and Ilan to complement Carlton Cole, Guille Franco and Freddie Sears. His debut could come at home to Scunthorpe United on Tuesday night.

The 18-year-old met his new team-mates for the first time on Monday along with West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo, a former team-mate of Gianfranco Zola. West Brom are second in the Championship, one of the two promotion spots, although are just a point ahead of Nottingham Forest in third.

The teenager has made great progress at the Boleyn Ground since his summer switch from Chelsea, making his debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers on the opening day of the season and going on to play nine times in league and cup to date. His first league start came away to Aston Villa last month.

A former U17 international, Nouble is part of the Young Lions squad aiming to reach the 2010 UEFA European U19 Championship. He played in all three games as England reached this spring's Elite round, where they will meet mini-tournament hosts Ukraine, the holders, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Republic of Ireland.