Derby Clinch Ryan Noble Loan Deal

  • Last Updated: January 18 2012, 11:31 GMT

Derby County have finalised the signing of Sunderland striker Ryan Noble on an initial month-long loan deal.

Ryan Noble: Joined Derby County on loan

It was revealed on Tuesday that the Rams had won the race to sign the former England Under 19 international, who has been in prolific form for Sunderland's reserves in recent weeks.

He has also made two substitute appearances in the Premier League for the Black Cats this term after a brief spell on loan at Derby last season.

Noble made one appearance off the bench for the Rams before his time at Pride Park was cut short by injury and manager Nigel Clough is delighted to have brought the youngster back.

"When Ryan arrived last season we labelled him as a striker with a good reputation for scoring goals, and his form in recent months for Sunderland's reserves suggests he hasn't lost his touch," Clough told the club's official website.

"He has scored a hat-trick against Scunthorpe United, four against Manchester United and also found the net against Arsenal inside the last month, so he certainly arrives here in very good form.

"Ryan will provide another option for us up front and he's coming into a squad brimming with confidence, creating chances and scoring goals, so it's as good a time as any to be joining us.

"We like Ryan, he's a very good player and he can get goals so it's great to have him on board and I'd like to thank Martin O'Neill and Sunderland for agreeing to loan him out to us."