Southend United boss confirms he wants to bring in Nottingham Forest winger Stephen McLaughlin

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Phil Brown wants to bring back the Irishman from the City Ground.

There has been much talk in the press this week about Nottingham Forest winger Michail Antonio. He is reportedly a target for West Ham United with Forest surely concerned that they could lose their recent star man.

However, another winger looks to also be on his way out of the club, although this one will not be missed as much as Antonio would have.

It is looking increasingly likely that Stephen McLaughlin will be returning to Southend United in the coming days.

The Shrimpers boss Phil Brown has even admitted to wanting the player back to the Southend Echo, and seems confident of getting a deal across the line:

"I’m still keen on signing Stephen.

“Hopefully we can get it done before the transfer window closes next week."

McLaughlin joined up with Southend last season, arriving at Roots Hall toward the end of last season and helping them earn promotion to League One from League Two.

The Irishman, who joined Forest from Derry City back in 2013, has only ever played nine league games for Forest and it looks increasingly likely that he will not be adding to that tally.

Southend are struggling in their return to the third tier of English football, sitting on just two points from a possible 12. They will hope to get McLaughlin through the door as soon as possible to help them in their struggles.

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