Skysports.com understands Southend are lining up a loan move for Ipswich defender Troy Brown.
Shrimpers boss Paul Sturrock is keen to bolster his squad before the close of the loan window on Thursday and has earmarked a deal for centre-back Brown.
Brown, who made his debut for Ipswich in the final game of last season, has made 14 appearances for Town this term.
The Wales Under 21 international is highly-rated at Portman Road after arriving on a free transfer from Fulham in 2009.
Town chief Paul Jewell is happy to loan out the 20-year-old so that he can continue his development with regular first-team football.