Phil Brown confirms Southend United's interest in West Ham United defender Stephen Hendrie

Stephen Hendrie has made five appearances for Southend United while on his loan spell from West Ham United.

Southend United boss Phil Brown has confirmed to the Southend Echo that he wants to extend Stephen Hendrie’s loan spell at Roots Hall.

Hendrie signed for the Shrimpers on an initial month’s loan back in January, which is set to expire this week.

At the moment no deal to extend the temporary move has been agreed, but Brown is hoping to seal an extension to the switch in the coming weeks.

“It’s an ongoing conversation with West Ham,” said Brown.

“We can only take it to 93 days on an emergency loan but if there’s a gap in between him coming back to us then there’s still a chance of getting him until the end of the season.”

Hendrie has played an important part for Southend since he made the switch from Upton Park.

The 21-year-old has played in Southend’s last five league matches, and he scored his first goal in English football against Shrewsbury at the start of February.

Hendrie is yet to make his debut for West Ham, but his performances in League One have been encouraging so far.

Hendrie is part of a host of Hammers youngsters who are currently on loan in the Football League.

West Ham also have Reece Burke on loan at Bradford City, while Martin Samuelsen is on a temporary move with Peterborough United.

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