Sears joins U's on loan

Freddie Sears has joined npower League One club Colchester United on loan until Sunday 18 March.

The West Ham United forward has joined up with his U's team-mates this morning to make the journey to Yeovil Town, where he could make his debut on Saturday.

The Hammers No19 has made 12 first-team appearances for Sam Allardyce's side this season, including four starts. However, with the signings of Nicky Maynard, Ricardo Vaz Te and Ravel Morrison and the good form shown by Julien Faubert and Carlton Cole, his chances have been limited in recent weeks.

The 22-year-old has featured for Ian Hendon's Development Squad, scoring four goals in nine appearances this term.

Sears could play as many as eight league matches for Colchester, who sit eleventh in League One, including a home game against Peter Kurucz and Paul McCallum's Rochdale on 25 February.