Southend Bid for Damo


By Wendy Gee

Eastleigh - through to the last 32 of the FA Trophy for the first time in their history - face a fight to keep hold of their dazzling winger Damian Scannell.

After watching his side scrape past Bognor Regis Town 1-0 at the Silverlake Stadium on Saturday to take their place in today's second round draw, manager Ian Baird revealed that Coca-Cola League One promotion hopefuls Southend United had tabled a £5,000 bid for the talented wideman on Friday night.

Under the terms of Scannell's contract following his move from Fisher Athletic last summer, if any club comes in with an offer of £5,000 or more he is free to go.

A clutch of other Football League clubs, including Nottingham Forest, Leeds United and Leyton Orient, have also been keeping tabs on the talented 22-year-old, whose pace and trickery earned him trials with Millwall and Watford during his Fisher days.



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