West Ham striker Elliot Lee has agreed a deal to join Colchester United on loan until the end of the season, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.
Lee has just returned to West Ham after a spell out on loan at Blackpool earlier this season.
The 21-year-old started the season at West Ham making three appearances in the Europa League qualifying rounds and scoring the winner against FC Lusitans, but after the Hammers failed to reach the group stages Lee saw his first-team opportunities disappear.
Lee joined Blackpool on loan in November and made four appearances during his spell at Bloomfield Road.
Lee, who is the son of former Newcastle and England midfielder Rob Lee, is highly-regarded within the corridors of power at Upton Park and Hammers boss Slaven Bilic is known to rate Lee feeling a loan switch will boost his game-time levels.
The talented forward had spells out on loan at Southend United and Luton Town last season, scoring three goals in 11 outings for Luton after his stint at Southend was cut short by injury, and West Ham feel he would be best served to go out on loan for remainder of the season to continue his development with regular first-team football.
A number of clubs are thought to have made enquiries to West Ham about signing Lee, but Colchester have won the race for his signaure.
Lee enjoyed a spell at Colchester in 2013 scoring one goals in four appearances and former West Ham player and coach Kevin Keen is a big admirer of the player and sees him as someone who can boost their bid to stay up this season.