Read Up “Southend United’s £275,000 tax liability has been extended.” The Essex club has been the target of a winding-up petition from HMRC, but a judge indicated at an earlier hearing this morning that the case would be reviewed again in six weeks.

Southend chairman Ron Martin informed a specialized court that the sale of the National League team was ongoing and that additional time was required to complete the transaction and pay off the debt.

In May, a different judge postponed a hearing after learning that the team in the National League was being sold. At the hearing in May, the debt’s enormity became apparent.

The Shrimpers were represented by Martin, who is extremely unpopular among supporters, during the hearing this morning. Martin told the judge: “We are seeking an adjournment for 42 days to complete the sale.”

Southend, led by club veteran Kevin Maher, finished eighth last season despite ongoing financial problems, just missing out on a spot in the National League play-offs.


Conor Gallagher is of serious interest to Tottenham as new manager Ange Postecoglou aims to continue the rebuilding of his squad in north London.

The midfielder is about to embark on the Blues’ preseason tour of the United States after returning to Chelsea training today in preparation for the next season.

Spurs, meanwhile, view England’s Gallagher as a successor for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who has been linked to an Atletico Madrid transfer this summer.

James Maddison has given Tottenham’s midfield a boost, but this summer’s squad will likely undergo a major change as Harry Winks has already agreed to join Leicester on the other side of the field.

Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele have both returned on loans to Napoli and Villarreal, respectively. Rodrigo Bentancur, Oliver Skipp, and Pape Matar Sarr are also available on loan to Spurs.

If the deal goes through, it will be the first transaction between the London rivals since goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini’s free transfer from Stamford Bridge to White Hart Lane in 2009. Gallagher is reportedly valued at £50 million by Chelsea.