SOUTHEND United manager Phil Brown has revealed the Shrimpers have turned down a bid from Northampton Town for centre-back Luke Prosser.

The Cobblers are keen to team Prosser up with his former Blues team-mate Ryan Cresswell at the Sixfields Stadium.

But Brown, who has activated another year in Prosser’s contract, is keen for the defender to stay at Roots Hall.

“We’ve had a bid from Northampton Town for Luke Prosser which we’ve turned down,” said Brown.

“I’ve had a chat with Luke about the situation and at the moment he’s part of my plans so I don’t want him to go anywhere else.

“At the same time though, I’m fully aware that he wants to be playing regularly at this stage of his career.

“We already have Adam Barrett and Cian Bolger at the club and we’re in talks to keep Adam Thompson here as well.

“But we will look at the situation again during pre-season and if Luke is unhappy then we will have another chat about things then.”

Prosser has made 148 appearances for the Shrimpers since signing in the summer of 2010.

However, he started just seven times after Christmas and appeared just once in the final 11 games of last season but Brown still opted to activate a clause in the 27-year-old’s contract to extend his deal until June 2016.

Despite that, Prosser still appears to have an uncertain future with the Shrimpers.

And Brown is also keen to add to his defensive ranks, with Jerome Binnom-Williams a possible target.

The Crystal Palace youngster made 22 appearances while on loan with Blues last term and Brown could now attempt to bring him back.

“I would like to bring Jerome in again if it was possible,” said Brown.

“We were flying by the seat of our pants in the past two seasons when it came to the full-back positions and that’s something I want to ideally change.

“I’m not sure whether or not Palace will allow Jerome out again or if there are other clubs interested but it he did become available then I would definitely like to have him with us again.”

Brown also revealed he is still in discussions with striker David Mooney and attacking midfielder Anthony Wordsworth who he hopes to also be able to bring to Roots Hall.