Colchester United head coach John McGreal has refused to comment on speculation linking them with a move for Cheltenham Town midfielder Harry Pell.

The U’s are said to be interested in the former AFC Wimbledon player, whose contract with the Robins is due to expire at the end of the season.

Pell, who was born in Tilbury, has been of Cheltenham’s leading players this season, in what has been a disappointing season at Whaddon Road.

The 25-year-old, who was sent off against Colchester earlier in the season, has been one of the Robins’ best performers in the current campaign having made 32 appearances and scored five goals.

When asked about the interest, McGreal said: “I don’t want to talk about players attached to any other clubs.”

Colchester could step up their bid to sign Pell in light of Owen Garvan’s knee injury, which ruled him out of their 3-0 defeat at Exeter City, at the weekend.

McGreal said last week that midfield was one of the areas the U’s could possibly strengthen during the current transfer window.

Colchester have already brought in reinforcements in that area this month, signing Tommy O’Sullivan from Championship side Cardiff City on an 18-month deal.

Michael O’Donoghue has joined non-league outfit Haringey Borough following his release by Colchester.

Academy product O’Donoghue made one senior appearance for the U’s, against Barnsley in November 2014.