Skysports.com understands Colchester are lining up a move for Hibernian forward Dean Shiels.
The former Arsenal youngster is thought to be considering his future at Easter Road as he is well down the pecking order in John Collins' plans.
Shiels has so far failed to feature for Hibs this season after struggling to establish himself in the side last term.
A number of clubs have been keeping tabs on Shiels' situation at Hibs and Colchester are now thought to be ready to make a move for the Northern Ireland international.
Colchester boss Geraint Williams is in the market for a new forward after losing last season's top scorers Jamie Cureton and Chris Iwelumo over the summer.
Williams is believed to be a big admirer of Shiels and is ready to offer him the chance to make the switch to Layer Road.