The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Pippa Field

COLCH­ESTER United have of­fered Alex Gil­bey a new con­tract in an ef­fort to dis­suade Bris­tol City from con­tin­u­ing their pur­suit of the mid­fielder.

The Robins have had two bids for Gil­bey re­jected, the first of which U’s boss Kevin Keen la­belled “a joke”.

And, des­per­ate to hang on to their 21-year-old prodigy, Keen has re­vealed the club have of­fered Gil­bey an im­proved deal.

“We’ve spo­ken to Alex and his rep­re­sen­ta­tives and made it clear we re­ally want him to stay,” said Keen. “He’s been given an­other of­fer of a new con­tract.

“We’re des­per­ate to keep him and we think so much of him but, at the same time, we want play­ers to bet­ter them­selves and go on. In my eyes, he can be a Premier League player.”

OF­FER: Alex Gil­bey

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