According to the Daily Mail, Bristol City are to make an improved bid for Alex Gilbey.
The report claims the Robins have already seen a £300,000 bid for the Colchester Unoted ace rejected, yet that won’t stop them from pressing ahead with a new bid in the region of £400,000.
Bristol City are intent on strengthening their ranks this summer following a tough first-half of the campaign on their return to the Championship.
Last season’s League One champions have already brought in talented playmaker Lee Tomlin on loan from Bournemouth and centre-back Alex Pearce on loan from Derby County.
And now they’re looking at strengthening the midfield area, identifying Colchester’s Gilbey as an ideal acquisition and pressing ahead in their bid to sign him before Monday’s transfer deadline.
The 21-year-old is out of contract this summer, a situation which has forced Colchester’s hand as the League One club would surely rather sell him now than lose him for a tribunal fee in six months.
Gilbey has made 21 League One starts this season, demonstrating plenty of ability on the ball and an eye for a pass as he regularly dominates possession in the middle of the park.
Tipped to be a future Premier League player, Colchester’s vice-captain would be a superb addition at Ashton Gate and a player the club should do everything to sign before Monday’s 11pm deadline.