Utrecht to rival English sides for Mandron

Mikael Mandron of Colchester has his penalty saved during the Carabao Cup First Round match between Colchester United and Aston Villa at Colchester Community Stadium on August 9, 2017 in...

HITC Sport understands Colchester striker Mandron is a target for the Dutch club.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer is congratulated by team mate Albert Adomah as Mikael Mandron of Colchester rues his miss during the Carabao Cup First Round match between Colchester...

FC Utrecht are hoping to beat a number of English clubs to the signature of Colchester United striker Mikael Mandron, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Mandron's future at Colchester has been the subject of speculation this summer with the Frenchman attracting interest from a number of clubs.

Peterborough agreed a fee with Colchester for Mandron earlier this month, but the player rejected the move to the League One club.

Mikael Mandron of Colchester has his penalty saved during the Carabao Cup First Round match between Colchester United and Aston Villa at Colchester Community Stadium on August 9, 2017 in...

The likes of Sheffield United, Millwall and Portsmouth have all been monitoring Mandron's situation after he caught the eye for Colchester last season.

The former Sunderland forward scored 10 goals for Colchester last season, but it was his overall performances that has brought him to the attention of clubs higher up the football pyramid.

Mandron has emerged as a target for Eredivisie side FC Utrecht as they look to bring in a big target man this summer.

Mikael Mandron of Sunderland holds off  Cameron Carter-Vickers of Spurs during the Barclays U21 Premier League match between Sunderland U21 and Tottenham Hotspur U21 at Eppleton Colliery...

The Dutch side liken Mandron to one of their former stars Sebastian Haller who they signed from Ligue 2 in France before developing him and selling him for big money to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Colchester are reluctant to lose Mandron this summer, but they bracing themselves for more offers for the 23-year-old before the close of the transfer window.

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