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Colchester Midfielder Set to Sign
Saturday, 12th Jan 2013 23:33

TWTD understands that Town are set to sign Colchester United midfielder Anthony Wordsworth in a £200,000 deal. In November, we reported that Blues boss Mick McCarthy and assistant Terry Connor had watched the 24-year-old in action for the U’s.

Camden-born Wordsworth came through the Colchester youth system and made his senior debut in August 2007.

Since then the central midfielder or wideman has made 155 starts and 44 substitute appearances, scoring 35 goals.

Last season he scored 13 times but this campaign, as the U’s have struggled near the foot of League One, the set-piece expert has managed only three.

Wordsworth, who has also been linked with Charlton, Leicester City, Middlesbrough and Peterborough recently, is out of contract at the end of the season.

A more creative central midfielder presenting a greater goal threat seemed likely to be on manager Mick McCarthy’s January wish-list even before Nigel Reo-Coker left the club at the end of his short-term contract.

Meanwhile Watford boss Gianfranco Zola has revealed that the Hornets have received interest in winger Mark Yeates with Bristol City and Town believed to be the clubs involved.

The Blues were recently linked with Yeates's Watford team-mate Jonathan Hogg, however, a local source suggested to TWTD that the former Colchester man was instead the subject of Town interest.

Dubliner Yeates, 28, has also played for Tottenham, Middlesbrough, Sheffield United, Brighton (loan), Swindon (loan), Hull (loan) and Leicester (loan).

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Coco added 23:37 - Jan 12
'set-piece expert'

arc added 23:43 - Jan 12
Yes, the phrase "set-piece expert" was what got me excited too. And the goals. But if he can just take a decent corner!... Good news.

urbanpenguin added 23:47 - Jan 12
Oh, a corner taker! I've not seen one of those in an Ipswich shirt since Neil Thompson.

algarvefan added 23:51 - Jan 12
There's two levels going on here, staying up players on loan and players for next season and beyond.......we finally have a great manager, who can manage!!!
This is the later and my spies tell me he is a good player :-)

Garv added 23:51 - Jan 12
I don't rate him too well. Not bad for set pieces though.

Interesting one.

RM909 added 23:51 - Jan 12
About time we started using our 'feeder club' once again! Was Lisbie our last Colchester addition...?

chippyblue added 23:56 - Jan 12
Yes this boy is a great corner or set-piece maker just what we need good signing mick !!!

alexharban added 23:56 - Jan 12
Very good player I believe!

daniel9624 added 23:57 - Jan 12
OK live a stones throw from Weston Homes Stadium, and can safely say he is the laziest player i've seen since........ Nigel Reo-Coker!
When he first came on the scene he was energetic, box to box and was playing for his spot. In the last two seasons all he has done is walk up to the ball to take corners and free-kicks. I hope MM can quickly put a rocket up his arse, but bad habits are tough to lose

itfcluke95 added 23:57 - Jan 12
ive watched colchester quite a few times as i live there and hes always been the stand out player, ive been saying we should sign him for quite some time so for me im very happy about this deal!

martleshamitfc added 00:00 - Jan 13
notice he didn't appear in their squad today or is he injured?

Taricco_Fan added 00:03 - Jan 13
I've heard he's poetry in motion to watch.

rosseden added 00:08 - Jan 13
Consistently chips in with goals. Brilliant with a dead ball. Just what we were missing today at Cardiff. . . . . . Very happy about this. . . . . Anyone have a view on Yeates?

TractorBoy666 added 00:08 - Jan 13
Don't know anything about him really, but he's 24 which is good. If he's better than Reo-coker, i'm happy.

casanovacrow added 00:08 - Jan 13
just what the doctor ordered. ticks all the right boxes for me

maybe worth offering them a Scotland loan as a sweetener as they are in dire need of someone like him

LeighOnSeaBlue added 00:11 - Jan 13
Always found him decent on Football Manager so he must be good!

Sindre94 added 00:52 - Jan 13
Nice !!!

kizaitfc added 00:53 - Jan 13
Rated hugely by Col U,


harlingblue added 00:54 - Jan 13
I've always seen him as standout player in the Col U stats, a master of corner/free kicks, something that we have lacked for years. Still young with something that MM and RC could work on?

martleshamitfc added 00:56 - Jan 13
daniel9624 - I assume you are a colchester fan, so maybe he has become lazy because your team is heading to league 2? he may need a challenge?

Sindre94 added 01:00 - Jan 13
And when you say ticks all the boxes.
Work ethic? Yes
Creative? Yes
Decent age? Yes
English? Yes
Excellent foot? Yes


tractorblue99 added 01:02 - Jan 13
Cracking deal! Creative midfielder who scores goals and and get a corner of the first man! I must be dreaming!

daniel2302 added 01:04 - Jan 13
Well Daniel9624 that's a lie. A few of the colu fans I have spoke to have said he's been there best player this season. Heard he's a quality set piece specialist and a typical "pick a pass from nowhere" centre att mid. Just what we've lacked for years. He's still young and sounds like he has a fantastic future ahead of him. He was also left out of colu team today. On his Twitter, his last tweet he posted has a reply saying "how long are you injured for?" A cover up by colchester or is he actually injured? However it sounds like a fantastic signing by Mick and terry.

daniel2302 added 01:06 - Jan 13
Does anyone know if he was offered a new contract at colchester?

portman23 added 01:28 - Jan 13

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