Bristol City are preparing a fresh approach for Colchester United midfielder Alex Gilbey, according to the Daily Mail.
The 21-year-old has made 25 league appearances for the U’s, but hasn’t been able to lift them off the bottom of the table – they have lost eight of their last ten with two draws.
The Dagenham born youngster has made 98 appearances and scored four goals for the club since signing a professional contract in 2012.
Gilbey, who is the clubs vice-captain, also spent six months on loan at Newport County, helping the Welsh side get promotion from the National League via the play-offs.
Gilbey’s manager Kevin Keen said that “he would be a Premier League player” in two or three years, and a move to the West Country will be a step in the right direction for his career progression.
It was reported by the Bristol Post earlier this month that Bristol City had a first bid rejected for Gilbey, whose contract expires with the U’s in the summer.
Bristol City are currently sat just inside the relegation zone, with 25 points from 29 games this season. However, they are only in the drop zone on goal difference.
A move for Gilbey will bring fresh blood to Ashton Gate, and City fans will be hoping that he can help keep them up.
Colchester United and Bristol City fans…What do you make of the news? Is Gilbey the right player for the Robins? How big a miss would he be for Kevin Keen’s side? Let us know what you think in the comments below!