Update on Doncaster Rovers' reported interest in Southend United's Stephen Humphrys

Southend United striker Stephen Humphrys is the latest player to be linked with a move to Doncaster Rovers this month.

Monday, 20th January 2020, 5:59 pm
Updated Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 12:34 pm
Southend United striker Stephen Humphrys in action against Doncaster Rovers earlier this season
Southend United striker Stephen Humphrys in action against Doncaster Rovers earlier this season

The Southend Echo reports that Rovers have expressed a specific interest in the 22-year-old as they look to add to their attacking ranks before the closing of the window.

Sources at Rovers have suggested to the Free Press that contact was made with Southend over which players would likely be available in January, with Humphrys’ name one of those given, rather than being specifically asked about.

Rovers’ talent identification manager Adam Henshall has been compiling a list of players available before analysing whether they would be suitable for Darren Moore's side, and then presenting his findings to the boss and CEO Gavin Baldwin.

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Shrewsbury Town's Fejiri Okenabirhie was another name which arose through Henshall's search.

Southend's Humphrys scored five goals in his first nine appearances this season, but has failed to score since September for the struggling side.

He missed the Shrimpers’ win at Accrington Stanley on Saturday due to illness.

The forward started his career with Fulham and made three senior appearances for the Cottagers.

Loan spells with Shrewsbury Town, Rochdale and Scunthorpe United followed before he joined Southend last January.

He broke 15 bones in his face in a collision with former Rovers keeper Jon Maxted in a match against Accrington Stanley last season but recovered to score the winning goal against Sunderland that kept Southend up on the final day.