SOUTHEND United are in talks with two midfield transfer targets.

One is an experienced former Premier League player who is currently on the books of a Championship club while the other lined up in the Scottish Premiership last season.

And Blues chairman Ron Martin is working hard to bring them both to Roots Hall.

“Phil (Brown) has identified two midfield targets and we’re working towards completing those deals,” said Martin.

“We know we have to make signings to improve on last season and deals won’t be held up just because Phil is out of the country.”

Blues are looking to bolster their midfield options following Will Atkinson’s decision to join Mansfield and are also keen on bringing in defenders.