SOUTHEND United are set to sign Yeovil Town striker Rhys Murphy, Echosport understands.

The 30-year-old forward scored 13 goals for the Glovers in the National League last season but is now close to sealing a switch to the Shrimpers.

Murphy also netted 20 goals in 33 appearances for Yeovil during the 2019/20 season and has 94 career goals to his name after also enjoying spells with a number of other clubs including Dagenham & Redbridge and Oldham Athletic.

Blues boss Phil Brown is desperate to strengthen his strike-force after inheriting a shot shy side that managed to score just 29 goals in 46 League games last season.

Tom Clifford, James Olayinka and Timothee Dieng were all joint top scorers with just three goals.