Andy Hessenthaler: Leyton Orient have received no bids for Jay Simpson
PUBLISHED: 21:00 13 August 2016
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Ex-Arsenal striker has been linked with a switch to Southend United in the past week
Andy Hessenthaler has insisted Leyton Orient have received no bids for last season’s top goalscorer Jay Simpson.
The ex-Arsenal youngster hasn’t featured for O’s in their first three matches of the new campaign.
He was left out of the squad at Cheltenham Town before watching Tuesday’s clash with Fulham from the stands at Brisbane Road and doing the same today against Newport County.
Although Southend United boss Phil Brown has openly stated he has spoke with Simpson, Hessenthaler has said the club haven’t had any offers for the forward.
He said: “Jay is sitting behind us in the stands so that is 25 goals we are missing, but nobody has made an offer for him.
“As far as I’m concerned he is under contract and he is our player so we need him available for Tuesday night against Stevenage.”
Orient’s manager went on to discuss why Simpson was warming up with the squad before today’s clash with Newport.
After that, the O’s forward watched Jamie Turley fire home the only goal of the game in the 34th minute after Yvan Erichot failed to track the Exiles defender following Mark Randall’s corner.
Hessenthaler’s side lacked ideas throughout and when they did create opportunities, they couldn’t take them with Ollie Palmer heading a great chance wide late on.
“The time is ticking in terms of the loan window and the transfer deadline finishes at the end of the month,” said the 50-year-old former Gillingham boss.
“As far as I’m concerned Jay Simpson is still our player, I’ve heard nothing else and he has got to get on with playing for Leyton Orient Football Club and that is how I see it.
“Jay has done some good training today, he has been ill and I’m hoping after speaking to the physio and the fitness coach that he will be available to train on Monday and available for selection on Tuesday.”
While Hessenthaler insists nobody has made an offer for Simpson, Blues manager Brown told the Echo this week that Southend’s board were talking to O’s about signing the striker.
He said: “I’ve left that one in the hands of the hierarchy. We’ve done what we’ve done where that’s concerned and that’s probably all we’re going to do as well.”