West Ham goalkeeper Stephen Henderson set to join Ipswich on loan

Stephen Henderson: Poised to join Ipswich Town on loan from West Ham

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Sky Sports understands Ipswich have agreed a deal to sign West Ham goalkeeper Stephen Henderson on loan.

Ipswich boss Paul Jewell has been looking to bolster his goalkeeping options and has moved to bring in Henderson.

Scott Loach has been Ipswich's No.1 keeper this season, but Jewell has brought in Henderson to inject competition for places.

Henderson, who has found himself playing back-up to Jussi Jaaskelainen at Upton Park, has made two appearance for the Hammers this season in the Capital One Cup games against Crewe and Wigan.

The 24-year-old initially joined West Ham on loan from Portsmouth last March before making the move permanent in May.

West Ham are ready to sanction the deal as it will allow them to promote highly-rated Swiss keeper Raphael Spiegel to their substitutes bench.

Spiegel arrived at Upton Park in the summer from Grasshoppers, and the 19-year-old has impressed a number of onlookers since making the move and manager Sam Allardyce is seemingly prepared to make him his number two.

Henderson is the fifth new signing at Ipswich in recent weeks following the arrivals of Nigel Reo-Coker, DJ Campbell, Richie Wellens and Bilel Mohsni.