Blackburn Rovers and Southend United are interested in signing defender John Egan following his release from Premier League side Sunderland according to the Irish Examiner.
The 21-year old centre back spent this past season on loan at Southend and was a solid member of the squad during his time there. He ended the season having made 15 appearances and helped play a part in their unsuccessful Play-Off campaign.
The Republic of Ireland international is subject to interest from his previous club as well as Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers who have only just joined the race.
Despite being the bigger club it is believed that Egan is set to snub interest from Blackburn to play first-team football with Southend but we understand that he has received no formal offer as of yet.
Southend boss Phil Brown told reporters that he wishes to keep Egan and on loan Liverpool defender Jakub Sokolik at the club but admitted that it would be hard to do so following their impressive seasons.
Brown told reporters, “We have put a marker down with both John and Jakub and made reference to the fact that we would very much like them to stay but I’m sure they could have a few offers.
“They’re both from good stock, having been with Sunderland and Liverpool respectively, but because of how well they did for us I’m sure they will be attracting interest from elsewhere.
“We’ve been given permission to talk to the players by their clubs and we’re chasing their agents at the moment too. We could be in the driving seat because they’ve been here already but at the same time if a Championship or League One club comes in to sign them I would fully understand if they went there to play at a higher level.”