Phil Brown takes gamble on ex-Newcastle bad boy Nile Ranger
Former Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger is set to join Southend United.
The Echo report that the 25-year-old – who hasn't played a competitive game since November 2014 – is due to start training at the League One club today.
Ranger is a free agent after leaving Blackpool earlier this year following an intervention from the Professional Footballers' Association.
The former England Under-19 international's career has been beset by off-the-field incidents.
Ranger – whose contract at Newcastle was terminated by "mutual consent" in March 2013 – is due to sign an initial month-long deal at Southend, managed by South Shields-born Phil Brown.