Southend United battle to sign Adam Thompson from Watford

Adam Thompson - wanted by Southend United on a permanent basis

Adam Thompson - wanted by Southend United on a permanent basis

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SOUTHEND United have a fight on their hands to secure the services of defender Adam Thompson on a permanent basis.

The Northern Ireland under-21 captain has completed his initial six-month long loan spell with the Shrimpers from Watford.

Blues are keen to keep him at Roots Hall but manager Phil Brown knows two other clubs are also keen on snapping up Thompson.

And the Southend boss is now not sure where Thompson will end up, although the defender still favours a switch to the League Two club.

“Things are still very much in the melting pot where Adam is concerned and it’s out of our hands now really as two other clubs are also trying to sign him,” confirmed Brown.

“We had hoped to have been able to announce something today but you can’t take anything for granted in football and the fact other clubs now want to sign him has made it less certain what will happen.”

But Blues may have a headstart on their un-named rivals after Thompson revealed: “I hope to sign for Southend permanently.

“Hopefully something can be sorted out that’s right for me and the club because I’ve loved it there and want to stay.”

Thompson returned to the Shrimpers’ starting line-up for Saturday’s shock 4-1 win over Millwall in the third round of the FA Cup at Roots Hall.

That was the 21-year-old’s 11th appearance for the club and Brown is still hoping it will not be the defender’s last.

“He’s in a dressing room he knows well with us and it’s not far from where he lives either, so hopefully that will work in our favour,” said Brown.

“He also played well in a very good team performance against Millwall at the weekend so he would certainly be involved if he came back to us, as well.”

Blues are currently short of centre-backs after Rob Kiernan returned to Wigan Athletic after completing his own loan spell at Roots Hall.

They are also currently sweating on the fitness of captain John White following his shoulder injury against Millwall on Saturday.

The right-back was forced to come off towards the end of the 4-1 win and will have his injury scanned tomorrow.

“It’s still too early to tell how bad John’s shoulder injury is but the scan tomorrow will tell us more,” said Brown.

“His shoulder popped out and back in again so I’m sure it’s still stinging but we will just have to wait and see how it settles down."

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12:59pm Tue 7 Jan 14

SuperShrimper1906 says...

That would be a quality signing!
That would be a quality signing! SuperShrimper1906
  • Score: 5

1:19pm Tue 7 Jan 14

JoeBlogs2 says...

Well done Phil Brown

Phil always says over the radio nothing is won in January

BUT so far and so looking good for the mighty shrimpers hope its carries on and we win promotion this season ( fingers crossed )
Well done Phil Brown Phil always says over the radio nothing is won in January BUT so far and so looking good for the mighty shrimpers hope its carries on and we win promotion this season ( fingers crossed ) JoeBlogs2
  • Score: 1

4:00pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Southend Andy says...

He would be a fantastic signing, what does concern me is the transfer embargo, still no news, do we need to ship some players out first, I can think of two that we could lose.
He would be a fantastic signing, what does concern me is the transfer embargo, still no news, do we need to ship some players out first, I can think of two that we could lose. Southend Andy
  • Score: 3

11:51pm Tue 7 Jan 14

TheEssexWay says...

He certainly looked very impressive and composed against Millwall and it was his assist that led to the first goal by Corr. He's under 21 Rep of Ireland captain so that must speak volumes? Hopefully he will sign, we need him!
He certainly looked very impressive and composed against Millwall and it was his assist that led to the first goal by Corr. He's under 21 Rep of Ireland captain so that must speak volumes? Hopefully he will sign, we need him! TheEssexWay
  • Score: 2

12:41pm Wed 8 Jan 14

the citizen says...

He tweeted at 10.30am today that he had completed a medical and that he was off to make it official........I reckon he's a Shrimper ! Welcome Adam, every success to you with Southend United!
He tweeted at 10.30am today that he had completed a medical and that he was off to make it official........I reckon he's a Shrimper ! Welcome Adam, every success to you with Southend United! the citizen
  • Score: 1

9:02am Thu 9 Jan 14

the citizen says...

This is some "making it official" process. Is it being written by hand and we have to get a specialist in? Nothing on Adams Twitter page after the "medical done off to make it official" posting yesterday morning......
This is some "making it official" process. Is it being written by hand and we have to get a specialist in? Nothing on Adams Twitter page after the "medical done off to make it official" posting yesterday morning...... the citizen
  • Score: 0

12:04am Fri 10 Jan 14

TheEssexWay says...

Transfer now officially confirmed and a free one at that! Thank you Watford and good luck Adam, we wish you a happy and successful career at Southend United. A quality signing!
Transfer now officially confirmed and a free one at that! Thank you Watford and good luck Adam, we wish you a happy and successful career at Southend United. A quality signing! TheEssexWay
  • Score: 0
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