WOLVES have signed striker Frank Nouble after his release by West Ham.
The 20-year-old has signed a two year contract.
Nouble spent a month on loan at Albion in February 2010, filling in for the injured Ishmael Miller and suspended Jerome Thomas.
“Frank is an exciting, young player who I am delighted to welcome to the club,” said former head coach Roberto di Matteo at the time.
“He can play in any of the three forward positions - down the middle, wide left or wide right - and we hope the next month is a fruitful one for both the club and Frank,” the Italian added.
Nouble started his career with Chelsea, whom he had joined at the age of 11, but he rejected a contract offer and elected to move to West Ham in 2009.
He made his Premier League debut in a 2–0 away win at Wolves in August 2009.
Despite his pedigree as a junior the former England under 19 forward failed to live up to the hype.
Loan moves have followed at Swindon, Swansea, Barnsley, Charlton, Gillingham and Barnsley.
Sam Allardyce signed Ricardo Vaz Te and Nicky Maynard on transfer deadline day, further limiting Nouble’s chances of playing regularly in the
He looked all set to join Crawley Town after a bid was accepted.
In March he was close to a loan switch to Walsall but elected to have a second stint at Barnsley.
The move for Nouble would appear to put doubt on Sam Vokes’ Wolves career with Nouble not seen as a replacement for Steven Fletcher, Kevin
Doyle or Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.
Wolves also aim to conclude the £2.4 million transfer for Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson around July 14th.
Ståle Solbakken called the signing a ‘win win situation’ for Wolves.
“Frank is a player that our scouts have been watching,” he said.
“We think he has qualities that we can develop and with his physical strength and power I feel that he can help us.
“He should be a useful acquisition to the squad and it is a good opportunity for him to come to a stable club and work hard.
“I think this is a win-win situation for both the club and the player. He is a young guy and he can add to his potential every week.”