Colchester United’s transfer deadline day wishes

U's boss John McGreal, pictured during the U's last outing, a 2-2 draw at Port Vale last Saturday. P

U's boss John McGreal, pictured during the U's last outing, a 2-2 draw at Port Vale last Saturday. Picture: PAGEPIX - Credit: Pagepix Ltd

Colchester United boss, John McGreal, remains in the market for one, if not two, new players before the transfer window closes at the end of tomorrow.

McGreal’s priority remains a new winger, to bolster his squad’s chances of making the League Two play-offs during the last three months of this campaign.

The U’s have strength in depth, with regards the defence and central midfield, and in Rene Gilmartin they have an experienced back-up for Sam Walker in the keeper’s position.

However, McGreal has limited options in wide areas, following loanee Kyel Reid’s return to Coventry City, together with Brennan Dickenson’s slow but successful return from a serious knee injury.

Dickenson should be available for first-team action by the second-half of February, while McGreal has not yet ruled out a return for Reid from Coventry.


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The U’s supremo might also like to add to his striker options, to complement that of front-men Mikael Mandron and Kurtis Guthrie, following the departures of Sanmi Odelusi and Brandon Hanlan earlier in the month.

Meanwhile, McGreal will also be hoping that the trail goes cold, as regards his leading scorer, Sammie Szmodics.

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Championships clubs have been linked with attacking midfielder Szmodics in recent months, while Premier League club AFC Bournemouth were believed to be prepared to spend a fee in the region of £1 million to secure the 22-year-old services, earlier this month.

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