Southend United had made a concerted effort to land disgruntled Rangers midfielder Harry Forrester at the start of the summer, however manager Phil Brown doesn’t reckon it will come off according to the Basildon, Canvey and Southend Echo.

In spite of Southend’s interest, the Rangers midfielder chose to stay put at Ibrox and, instead, fight for his place at the Scottish giants. He originally joined Rangers in 2016 after leaving former club Doncaster, choosing the Gers above Southend, who were also interested.

Reports over the weekend insisted that a move for the 26-year-old was seen as likely, the midfielder falling out of favour with Pedro Caixinha. However, Blues boss Brown says that a move for Forrester (below) is unlikely to materialise.

Speaking to the Echo Brown said of any possible move: “Harry poured cold water on it but if we could rekindle it then of course I would still be interested.” He then goes on to add that bringing in Michael Kightly, after his release by Burnley, has seen that area of need addressed and that Southend’s eyes are fixed on needing a centre-back and/or defensive midfielder.

Forrester, who started his football career as a Northampton Town youth player, made 21 SPL appearances for Rangers last season, scoring three goals and providing two assists. Across his entire football career, the Milton Keynes-born left-wing has made 203 appearances, scoring 32 goals and providing 27 assists.

However, as Southend’s Phil Brown points out, any additions to these totals are not going to be whilst playing for the Roots Hall based side.

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