COLCHESTER United's forward options have been boosted by the signing of Aramide Oteh.

The 22-year-old striker, who will wear the number nine shirt during his time at the JobServe Community Stadium, has signed on loan from Championship side QPR until the end of the season.

Oteh had previously been on loan at the U's League Two rivals Stevenage, this season.

The young striker netted four goals in his seven starts and six substitute appearances during his three-month spell at Boro, prior to him returning to QPR last week.

BBC Three Counties Radio Sport commentator Steve Watkins, who saw Oteh play at close hand during his spell at Stevenage, was largely impressed by what he saw.

"He's quick and strong on the ball," he said.

"He holds it up well and with the right supporting players around him, could link up well and bring them into the game.

"He has a good temperament both on and off the pitch and was quite popular around the place.

"He had a purple patch where he score three in three and he looked unplayable at times.

"But sometimes you wouldn’t know he was on the pitch.

"I was surprised to see him go, but on the face of things, I was neither happy, nor disappointed to see him go. That said, I am not sure we played him enough."

Bradford Telegraph and Argus chief sports writer Simon Parker watched Oteh closely during the striker's five-month spell with the Bantams, in the 2019-20 season.

The striker made 22 league and cup appearances under Stuart McCall at Bradford, scoring five times in all competitions.

"Aramide is a quick, powerful forward who can play down the middle or wide," he said.

"He’s got good pace and is full of running – but finishing was not his strong point during his loan spell at Valley Parade.

"He scored four goals in the league but should have got more and that part of his game let him down.

"But he’s a whole-hearted performer who will certainly provide a bit of speed to the frontline.

"I’m sure it will help Colchester that he knows the division from his half-season with Bradford City and then spending the first half of this one at Stevenage.

"He will certainly give you plenty of effort and enthusiasm but whether he has sharpened up in front of goal, only time will tell."

Oteh will be keen to make an immediate impact for his new club when Colchester head to play Morecambe, on Saturday.