Bristol City look set to sign Sammie Szmodics from Colchester United according to the Daily Mirror.
The talented attacking midfielder has been a crucial player in the U’s ultimately unsuccessful push for League Two promotion, scoring fifteen goals in forty-eight appearances and ending up the club’s top scorer.
His eye-catching performances this season, which included providing six assists, alerted several Championship clubs to the ability and potential of the twenty-three-year-old but according to the Mirror, Bristol City are now close to landing their man after seeing off competition from Championship rivals Reading.
Szmodics contract with Colchester runs out next month, and it now looks very likely his outstanding performance at champions Lincoln City, when he scored two goals in a 3-0 the last day victory, was his last game for the U’s.
Colchester born Szmodics has been at the club for sixteen years, making one hundred and sixty-two appearances for the Essex outfit, scoring thirty-eight goals.
It did look very much like Szmodics was saying a fond farewell to the U’s travelling faithful after their last day win at Lincoln City, and if this report is accurate, it looks like he is heading Bristol City.
His performance at Sincil Bank is a good barometer of what City will be getting as he bossed the game from a deep-lying forward position.
He has the talent to succeed at a higher level and might be one to watch at Ashton Gate next season.