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Swansea seal Frank Nouble loan signing from West Ham

Frank Nouble
Rodgers coached Frank Nouble while they were both at Chelsea

Swansea City have bolstered their depleted strike force by signing England Under-19 international Frank Nouble on a three-month loan deal.

"I'm fit and raring to go," said Nouble, who turns 19 this week and goes straight into the squad for Saturday's visit of Scunthorpe United.

The 6ft 2ins Nouble worked with Brendan Rodgers during the Swansea manager's time with the Chelsea youth team.

"I am absolutely delighted to get Frank," said Rodgers.

"We have already seen what a massive asset Scott Sinclair can be for this club, now we have another player with big potential."

Stephen Dobbie, who spent last season on loan at promoted Blackpool, was the only fit striker at the Liberty Stadium before the Nouble deal.

The 27-year-old Scotsman has been playing the lone striker's role at the Swans as fellow countryman Craig Beattie is injured and Finnish international Shefki Kuqi left to join Derby County on a three-month loan deal earlier this week.

"He is a young player I know well," said Rodgers.

"Frank will be a terrific addition to the squad. We have players who have great possession of the football but I felt we needed to improve our penetration of the team.

"We have brought in Scott Sinclair who has been fantastic, Nathan Dyer has been equally outstanding on the other flank and has Stephen Dobbie has been excellent up front.

"And I just felt we needed to add someone with a bit more power in the central area and Frank has stature, presence, burning pace and wants to score goals.

"He has some Premier League experience and this is a chance for him to be part of a terrific squad and prove he can come and play and work well at this level."

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The 18-year-old joined the Hammers from Chelsea in the summer of 2009 and has since had loan spells at West Bromwich Albion and Swindon Town as his chances at the struggling Upton Park club have been limited.

"I've come to Swansea at a good time, early in the season," said Nouble.

"I've been doing well at West Ham, but I wanted to play more games and show what I can do.

"Swansea keep the ball well and hopefully I can score some goals."



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Swansea 2-1 Coventry
14 Sep 10 |  Championship
Derby sign Swansea's Kuqi on loan
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19 Aug 10 |  Swansea
Rodgers patient over Lansbury bid
26 Aug 10 |  Swansea
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