Colchester United are closing in on the permanent signing of striker Jabo Ibehre.

The powerful forward spent three months on loan at Colchester earlier in the season, making 15 appearances for them and scoring four goals.

He has fallen down the pecking order at stadium:mk, following the signing of Izale McLeod from Portsmouth.

U’s boss Joe Dunne said: “I’m 99.9 per cent sure that I’ve brought an experienced, powerful player to the club which will make us stronger in the spine of the team."

See Monday's Daily Gazette for more on this story and all of the latest Colchester United news, including a full match report, pictures and reaction to the U's defeat against Scunthorpe.