Dons sign Hammers defender Spence on loan

Pic: Lee Scriven
Pic: Lee Scriven

Karl Robinson has backed up his demand for a new defender by moving to sign West Ham’s Jordan Spence on a 28-day loan.

With Antony Kay out for another two months after a hip operation, Robinson admitted after Tuesday night’s 1-0 defeat at home to Carlisle, that his side wasn’t good enough and that he needed a new defender.

Spence, 23, can play at either right-back or in the centre of defence, has represented England at every youth level and will provide excellent cover for a Dons side that has suffered from injuries and suspensions at the back this season.

Spence will be available for the side’s trip to Tranmere Rovers on saturday, as well as the upcoming fixtures against Walsall and Oldham Athletic. A decision has yet to be made regarding his eligibility for the FA Cup.

Spence made his first team debut for the Hammers in 2010 in the 1-1 home draw with Manchester City before he was loaned out Bristol City, in March 2011.

After featuring 11 times for the Robins, then-West Ham manager Avram Grant recalled Spence to provide cover for the Premier League outfit, with the youngster making a further two Premier League appearances, both of which were starts.

After spending the 2011/12 season with Bristol City, Spence forced his way into the West Ham United last year, making seven first team appearances including three in the Premier League.

Spence is yet to feature for the Hammers this season.