Southend United's Phil Brown would love to snap up Hogan Ephraim on loan from Queens Park Rangers

On the ball — Phil Brown has enquired about bringing Hogan Ephraim, pictured playing for Peterborough, on loan to Southend United

On the ball — Phil Brown has enquired about bringing Hogan Ephraim, pictured playing for Peterborough, on loan to Southend United

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SOUTHEND United manager Phil Brown has enquired about signing Queens Park Rangers striker Hogan Ephraim on loan.

The Blues boss is keen to strengthen his strikeforce as the Shrimpers look to end a nine-match winless streak.

And Brown would love to be able to bring 25-year-old Ephraim to Roots Hall.

“When you look at the qualities we want to bring to this football club, Hogan just oozes them,” said Brown.

“He has that kind of pace and extra quality we need in the final third and that’s why we’ve enquired about trying to bring him in.

“Whether or not he’s available or would want to come to us I don’t know.

“It’s one that I would say is up in the air at the moment but we would certainly love to sign him.”

Ephraim, 25, came through the youth ranks at West Ham United but failed to make a first team appearance for the Hammers.

He spent time on loan with Colchester United before joining QPR, initially on loan in 2007.

Ephraim has also been on loan with Leeds United, Charlton Athletic, Bristol City, FC Toronto and Peterborough United.

But Brown has alternative targets drawn up and would ideally like to bring in some experienced heads.

“I think we have quite a young team and it would be great if we could get a few older players in alongside them,” said the Blues boss.

“I think I could well be looking for a few favours from managers I’m friends with. But it’s hard because people don’t want to let those type of players out, so we might have to get more youngsters.”

Brown added he could still bring in another centre-back along with another striker and went to watch Derby County’s under-21 team in action against Barnsley yesterday to scout potential new signings.

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12:23pm Tue 4 Mar 14

tophat27dt says...

Stop it, Phil Brown.....I know we need additional quality players...but...to share your fantasies before they are realities is just not fair or interesting to us fans. "I dont know if he is available"..so why mention it.? Tell us at least if a player is available and your are fighting to the nail to get him..then its reality..
Stop it, Phil Brown.....I know we need additional quality players...but...to share your fantasies before they are realities is just not fair or interesting to us fans. "I dont know if he is available"..so why mention it.? Tell us at least if a player is available and your are fighting to the nail to get him..then its reality.. tophat27dt
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3:38pm Tue 4 Mar 14

southend loser says...

He could always rent a room in Rons gaff.
He could always rent a room in Rons gaff. southend loser
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6:27pm Tue 4 Mar 14

bongking says...

southend loser wrote:
He could always rent a room in Rons gaff.
Oh you silly boy!!
[quote][p][bold]southend loser[/bold] wrote: He could always rent a room in Rons gaff.[/p][/quote]Oh you silly boy!! bongking
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3:52pm Wed 5 Mar 14

OldFairfaxian says...

tophat27dt wrote:
Stop it, Phil Brown.....I know we need additional quality players...but...to share your fantasies before they are realities is just not fair or interesting to us fans. "I dont know if he is available"..so why mention it.? Tell us at least if a player is available and your are fighting to the nail to get him..then its reality..
I am not interested in Ron Martin's fantasies, especially if they become realities!
By the way, its "Tooth and nail", not "to the nail".
[quote][p][bold]tophat27dt[/bold] wrote: Stop it, Phil Brown.....I know we need additional quality players...but...to share your fantasies before they are realities is just not fair or interesting to us fans. "I dont know if he is available"..so why mention it.? Tell us at least if a player is available and your are fighting to the nail to get him..then its reality..[/p][/quote]I am not interested in Ron Martin's fantasies, especially if they become realities! By the way, its "Tooth and nail", not "to the nail". OldFairfaxian
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