SOUTHEND United are interested in signing former Bristol Rovers midfielder Abu Ogogo.

The 31-year-old, who has more than 450 career appearances to his name, was released by the Pirates at the end of last season although manager Joey Barton has invited him back for pre-season training. 

However, Ogogo is wanted by Blues and has held talks with boss Phil Brown.

Ogogo spent time on loan with Dagenham & Redbridge last season having previously spent six years with Daggers towards the start of his career.

Ogogo has also played for Barnet, Shrewsbury and Coventry City.