By Harvey Byrne

West Ham defender Doneil Henry has joined Danish side AC Horsens on a season-long loan deal, it was announced on Wednesday.

The east London side confirmed on their official Twitter account that the 23-year-old had secured a move to the Danish Superliga club.

The young defender spent a month on loan at Championship side Blackburn last season and he now looks to continue his development.

Henry made his debut for the Hammers against Romanian side FC Astra in August 2015, where the young defender started in a 2-1 defeat playing the full 90 minutes.

However, the Canadian player is yet to add to his solitary senior appearance.

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The powerful defender joined the east London side in 2015 in a £1.75million deal from Cypriot club Apollon Limassol, but spent the majority of his time before that at MLS team Toronto FC.

Despite only playing the once for West Ham he starred in 93 encounters for the Canadian outfit, scoring five goals.

West Ham have let a number of youngsters leave their squad to get professional first-team experience this summer.

Stephen Hendrie and Martin Samuelsen have moved to Henry’s former loan club Blackburn on loan, while Reece Burke and Kyle Knoyle have also moved to the Championship with Wigan.

Henry will now compete for a place in AC Horsens’ starting line-up with the side currently sitting in sixth place after seven matches in Denmark’s top division.

In other West Ham transfer news, target Alvaro Arbeloa is currently undergoing a medical at the club.