Skysports.com understands Colchester are set to sign former Watford defender Tom Aldred.
Aldred is available on a free transfer after cancelling his contract at Vicarage Road by mutual consent.
The young defender did not make a single appearance for Watford after joining from Carlisle last summer.
Aldred joined Inverness Caledonian Thistle earlier this summer on loan, but the deal was cancelled last week.
It now looks like the 20-year-old will link up with League One side Colchester.