Wigan to beat Bristol City to Alex Gilbey

Coventry City's John Fleck and Colchester United's Alex Gilbey in action

HITC Sport understands Wigan are closing in on midfielder.

Coventry City's John Fleck and Colchester United's Alex Gilbey in action

Wigan Athletic are on the verge of signing Colchester United midfielder Alex Gilbey with the player undergoing a medical at the DW Stadium, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

As revealed by HITC Sport earlier this summer Wigan were lining up a move for Gilbey as they looked to beat long-term suitors Bristol City to his signature.

Bristol City tried to sign Gilbey during the January transfer window only for Colchester to reject their offer.

However, it seems they are set to miss out on the highly-rated midfielder with Wigan closing in on the signing of the 21-year-old.

Coventry City's John Fleck shoots at goal as Colchester United's Alex Gilbey challenges

Gilbey's deal at Colchester has expired and the player has turned down several offers to extend his stay at the club.

Colchester were resigned to losing their prize asset following their relegation to League Two and with Colchester due compensation for Gilbey the two clubs are close to agreeing a fee rather than going to a tribunal.

Gilbey made 42 appearances for Colchester last season and was named the club's player of the year.

His arrival will come as a major boost for Wigan boss Gary Caldwell as he looks to strengthen his squad ahead of life back in the Championship next season.

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