SOUTHEND United are keeping tabs on Bilel Mohsni’s future, Echosport understands.

The versatile Frenchman, who enjoyed an eventful three year spell with the Shrimpers before leaving in 2013, is close to finalising his departure from Grimsby Town.

But National League side Barnet are also believed to be interested in signing Mohsni on a short term contract.

However, even if Mohsni does join the Bees, Blues will continue to monitor his form and fitness ahead of the January transfer window.

Mohsni is unable to play for another EFL side until January as he is leaving Grimsby Town outside of the transfer window.

The 33-year-old made 80 appearances for the Shrimpers.