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Southend United close in on loan deals for Tamika Mkandawire and Ben Reeves
SOUTHEND United are closing in on the loan signings of Tamika Mkandawire and Ben Reeves.
As was revealed in yesterday’s Echosport, Blues are back in discussions with Millwall in an attempt to bring Mkandawire back to Roots Hall.
And the Echo now understands that the club are hoping to bring the midfielder in to train with them for a few days this week to assess his match fitness following an injury he picked up shortly after he returned to his parent club.
Reeves, whose initial month long loan from Southampton expired before Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Rotherham United, is also still training with Blues.
The midfielder watched the game against the Millers at the weekend but Southend have opted to delay extending his loan spell in order to ensure he is available to figure in the end of the season play-offs should Blues finish in the top seven.
Reeves is only able to sign for another two months and with the play off final not until Saturday May 18, the deal may not be completed for a little while yet.
Mkandawire’s return may also be delayed until the end of this week as he can only return for another month and Blues are keen to have him available for the final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
That takes place against Crewe Alexandra at Wembley on Sunday April 7.
And Southend are confident of having both Reeves and Mkandawire available for that showdown.