Reading winger Hal Robson-Kanu has joined Southend on loan until the end of the season.
The 18-year-old could make his debut for the Shrimpers in their League One clash with Leyton Orient on Saturday.
Robson-Kanu is an England Under 19 international and made the bench for Reading's FA Cup third round defeat to Tottenham.
Southend boss Steve Tilson will hope that Robson-Kanu will add strength in depth to his squad as he chases a place in the League One play-offs.
Robson-Kanu will participate in his first Southend training session on Thursday.