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Trio set to sign for Southend United
SOUTHEND United are closing in on a trio of loan signings.
Tamika Mkandawire, Ben Reeves and Matthew Lund all look set to commit their short term futures to the League Two club.
And the Echo understands the transfers can now be completed after an embargo imposed by the Football League was lifted.
“We want to get the maximum number of games from the loans and with that in mind we hope Tamika will sign on Saturday,” confirmed a club spokesman.
“We can only keep him for a further 31 days because we had him for two months earlier on in the season.
“However, if he signs Saturday then he will be available for seven of the nine league games we have left and also the final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
“Ben Reeves’ loan we will try and extend tomorrow and then Matthew Lund’s early next week to strengthen the squad for the matches we have left.”
Mkandawire impressed during a two month loan spell earlier on in the season and helped Blues find their best form of the current campaign.
The 29-year-old midfielder made 12 appearances and scored against Brentford in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy before heading back to Millwall in January.
He returned to train with Blues last week and boss Paul Sturrock had hoped to complete a deal in time for him to face Port Vale.
But a deal could not be completed due to an embargo.
Southend now hope to complete a deal for Mkandawire though, and also for Reeves who impressed during his initial month long spell from Southampton which expired a fortnight ago.
The 21-year-old midfielder scored twice in eight games and memorably netted the goal against Leyton Orient which sent Blues through to next month’s final of the JPT against Crewe Alexandra at Wembley.
Lund has also done well in the centre of the park, making seven appearances