Phil Brown: Southend United looking at 'Jack Payne to replace Jack Payne'

Jack Payne
Jack Payne spent most of last season on loan at Leyton Orient

Southend United manager Phil Brown says he is considering a move to sign Peterborough midfielder Jack Payne.

Brown also confirmed that former Shrimpers striker Theo Robinson, 27, and 18-year-old ex-Rangers defender Tom Lang are on trial at Roots Hall.

Payne, 24, could come in after his namesake and fellow midfielder left Southend for Huddersfield this summer.

"I'm having a look at Jack Payne to replace Jack Payne, which is quite ironic," Brown told BBC Essex.

"I got a phone call from Peterborough and I think his services are no longer required there because of certain situations.

"They've brought in players, he's had a fall out with the management team and the hierarchy and this is a player they paid £600,000 for two years ago."

Meanwhile, Brown said striker Nile Ranger could be out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury.

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