Bristol City have been linked with Colchester United’s Sammie Szmodics.

According to a report in the Bristol Post, Bristol City remain locked in talks with Colchester United over a deal to bring Sammie Szmodics to Ashton Gate this summer.

The attacking midfielder is out of contract this summer. However, having come through the U’s academy, Bristol City will be forced to pay Colchester a compensation fee should they sign the 23-year-old.

The Robins are said to be keen on signing the League Two talent. Szmodics is widely regarded as Colchester’s brightest talent in years, and he netted 14 goals this past term in a successful campaign.

It seems Szmodics is ready for the step up to a higher level, and City boss Lee Johnson believes he could be ready for the Championship as his side look to strengthen heavily this summer.

Johnson’s side came agonsingly close to a top six spot last season as they were pipped to a playoff position by Frank Lampard’s Derby County.

Still, last season represented another step in the right direction for City and now many feel with the right sort of backing and some decent recruitment the club could push on for a promotion challenge next term.

City should have flexibility in the transfer market having sold Lloyd Kelly to Bournemouth for a reported £13 million, while investing in young talent such as Szmodics could have greater long-term financial benefits.

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