Bristol City have won the race for in-demand Colchester United midfielder Sammie Szmodics as reported by the Bristol Post.
The report claims the Robins have held off late interest from Leeds United to win the race with Hull City and Derby County also missing out on the talented schemer.
Szmodics rejected a move to Peterborough United last week, and the report says an announcement from City confirming his signing is imminent.
The talented attacking midfielder was a vital player in the U’s ultimately unsuccessful push for League Two promotion last season, scoring fifteen goals and contributing six assists in forty-eight appearances.
Szmodics eye-catching performances during the 2018/19 campaign alerted several Championship clubs to his ability and potential, but it now looks like the U’s academy product is heading to Ashton Gate.
The twenty-three-year old’s current deal expires at the end of the month, but Colchester are entitled to compensation for the player as he is currently under the age of twenty-four and according to the report the Robins will pay a fee in the region of £750,000 to complete the deal.
Colchester born Szmodics has been at the U’s for sixteen years, making one hundred and sixty-two senior appearances for the Essex outfit, scoring thirty-eight goals.
Szmodics is a real talent, and we have no doubt he will make the step up to the Championship with ease.
If the report is accurate, Bristol City have signed an outstanding talent who could be an important player for them next season.
Colchester fans will be disappointed but will wish their departing star all the best on what is a big move for the young player.