COLCHESTER United defender Frankie Kent has been discussing personal terms with Peterborough United today, after the U's accepted a bid for the defender.

But Posh are yet to meet with Kent's Colchester team-mate Sammie Szmodics, after the U's agreed undisclosed fees with the League One club for the talented duo.

Kent is said to have had a 'positive meeting' with Peterborough and has asked for time to consider the Posh offer.

Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson insists their move for the defender has nothing to do with their failure to sign Oldham centre-back George Edmundson.

Ferguson told the Peterborough Telegraph: “I’ve had a very positive meeting with Frankie who has asked for time to consider our offer.

"Hopefully he will reply in a positive way before the weekend.

“We bid for Frankie six weeks ago so it was nothing to do with what went on with Oldham.

"He’s an excellent defender and he fits the bill for us as we want a younger player to play alongside Mark Beevers at the heart of our defence.

"He’s comfortable on the ball but also defends well.

“If Frankie turns us down we’ll just move on. We have other targets, but he’s at the top of my list.

“Frankie and Sammie Szmodics have both been brought up well at Colchester.

"They look after their younger players. I’ve kept an eye on Szmodics for a couple of seasons. He’s a really good player who would suit the way we want to play.

“I’m aware other clubs might want him, but we have the advantage of having had a bid accepted. I have yet to speak to the player though.”

Kent is a former Colchester youth-team player who enjoyed an impressive 2018-19 season for John McGreal's side, finishing the campaign as skipper.

The 23-year-old, who has a year remaining on his existing contract, finished the season as the club's Player of the Year.

Kent, a former Arsenal youngster, has made 141 league and cup appearances for Colchester since making his debut for them at Walsall in the final game of the 2013-14 season.

Fans' favourite Szmodics, who has also been heavily linked with Championship side Bristol City, has made more than 150 league and cup appearances for Colchester, scoring 38 goals, since making his senior debut for them in September, 2013.

The former Stanway School pupil, who has been at the U's since the age of seven, finished the 2018-19 campaign as the club's top scorer last season, with 15 goals.