SOUTHEND United have identified five transfer targets for January.

The second bottom Shrimpers are keen to strengthen in all areas of the pitch.

And chairman Ron Martin has confirmed that three of the transfers in the pipeline would be permanent additions.

“Three of the five players we have identified would not be loans,” said Martin.

“One’s a centre-back, one’s a striker and one’s in midfield.

“There’s also a left-back and a goalkeeper.”