SOUTHEND United remain in talks with transfer target Theo Vassell.

The 23-year-old centre-back negotiated his exit from cash-strapped Macclesfield Town last week.

And he could now be reunited with his former Silkmen boss Sol Campbell at Roots Hall.

Vassell is believed to have been at Blues’ Boots & Laces training ground yesterday but is not yet at full fitness having not played since November.

Vassell has previously played for Chester, Gateshead and Port Vale and has made 108 appearances during his career.

The defender’s arrival would come as a timely boost for Blues who are short of options and lost John White with a suspected broken arm on Saturday.