HITC Sport understands Wigan are leading the race for Colchester star.
Wigan Athletic are lining up a move for highly-rated Colchester United midfielder Alex Gilbey, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.
Gilbey is set to leave Colchester this summer with a number of players expected to depart the club following following their relegation to League Two.
Gilbey was one of Colchester's shining lights in a disappointing campaign in League One and his performances have alerted clubs higher up the football pyramid.
Despite his tender years Gilbey has made over 100 appearances for Colchester and has captained the club.
Bristol City are long-term admirers of Gilbey and they tried to sign the 21-year-old during the January transfer window only for Colchester to reject their overtures.
Gilbey is out of contract at Colchester next month and he has already turned down a new deal to stay at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
Wigan boss Gary Caldwell is understood to be an admirer of Gilbey and has made him one of his top targets this summer as he looks to bolster his squad ahead of life back in the Championship next season.