Frank Nouble set to join Coventry City after release from Ipswich Town

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The former West Ham and Chelsea striker is set to join on a free transfer.

Yesterday saw Ipswich Town make room for the signature of Noel Hunt from Leeds United with the release of Frank Nouble from his contract with the club.

Nouble is a former England under-19 international who famously rejected a pro deal at Chelsea in order to join West Ham United in 2009. He was expected to become a firm part of the West Ham fabric going forward but it never quite panned out for him at the club.

He spent seven loan spells away from West Ham before leaving for Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2012. After one season at Molineux he was again on the move, joining Ipswich Town. It was here he began to find some semblance of form. He scored his first league goal in 18 months in April 2013 but he soon found first team opportunities few and far between at Ipswich as well.

He joined Coventry City on loan at the start of the season, a deal that ended this month. But with his release from his deal at Ipswich it looks as though the former Chelsea and west Ham youngster could be on his way to Coventry City on a permanent deal.

An agreement is said to be done in principle and in his press conference today Coventry boss Steven Pressley said this of the 23-year-old forward:

“I think it’s a big four months in Frank Nouble’s career and I have said that to him. The next four months could define how his career works out. But he seems hungry and has shown a terrific attitude in recent weeks which I had asked for and, allied with his ability, I hope we have got a good player for the club in the short term and, possibly, longer term.”

Coventry fans will hope his signature can inspire him to find the form that once saw Chelsea and West Ham battle over his services, just five years ago.

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