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Colchester United bring in West Ham defender on loan

Leo Chambers (right) has joined Colchester United. Credit: PA

Colchester United have signed West Ham defender Leo Chambers on a month's loan.

The 20-year-old has played for the Hammers first team on three occasions.

Manager Kevin Keen will be hoping he can help plug a U's defence which has already conceded 78 goals this season.

Sam Hoskins is staying at Sixfields. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, Northampton Town striker Sam Hoskins has agreed a new two-and-a-half year contract at Sixfields.

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Colchester goalkeeper Sam Walker nets new contract

Sam Walker joined the U's in January 2014 Credit: Colchester United

Colchester United goalkeeper Sam Walker has signed a new contract to extend his stay with the club.

Walker joined the U's on a permanent basis in January 2014 after two loan spells. He's signed a new two year contract, which secures his future through to the summer of 2018.

Walker picked an injury in the Capital One Cup tie against Reading in August. It's been four months since he was last on the pitch, but he's making good progress on his recovery.

"I am absolutely delighted to have secured my future with the club. We've been talking for a while and I am really pleased to get it sorted.I am pleased that I have got a bit of security to come back to after my injury recovery is complete.

I am looking forward to the new year because I'll be on the home straight then and it won’t be too long until I'm back around it and doing some sort of work on the training ground."

– Sam Walker, Colchester United

Kevin Keen makes his managerial debut with the U's on Saturday when they host Southend.

Colchester United appoint new manager

Kevin Keen is the new man in charge at Colchester Credit: Colchester United

Kevin Keen has been appointed as the new manager of League One club Colchester United.

The ex West Ham United and Stoke City midfielder watched the U's lose 3-1 at Rochdale on Saturday, alongside chairman Robbie Cowling.

Colchester, who are bottom of the table, have lost their last seven league games and have won just five times this season.

The club had been searching for Tony Humes' successor since he left by mutual consent in November.

The club confirmed the news on Twitter:

Colchester United to announce their new manager this afternoon

Colchester United will announce their new manager later. Credit: PA

Colchester United have called a press conference for 2pm this afternoon (21 December) to announce their new manager.

The U's are expected to appoint former Reading assistant Kevin Keen after he was in the stands for their defeat at Rochdale on Saturday.

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