Colchester United: no bids for John-Joe O'Toole

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne says there have been no bids for midfielder John-Joe O'Toole.

O'Toole, 24, spent three months on loan at Bristol Rovers last season under former U's boss John Ward but returned for Colchester's final five matches.

"There's lots of talk but that's as far as it has gone," Dunne told BBC Essex.

John-Joe O'Toole's career stats

  • Watford, 2007-2010: 66 apps, 12 goals
  • Sheff Utd (loan), 2009: nine apps, one goal
  • Colchester (loan), 2009: 19 apps, two goals
  • Colchester, 2010 onwards: 57 apps, one goal
  • Bristol Rovers (loan), 2013: 18 apps, three goals

"Bristol Rovers and Southend have said openly that they want him. If they want him then they know where we are. At the moment it's just paper talk."

The former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international signed a new deal with Colchester in June 2012 but struggled to win a regular starting spot after Dunne replaced Ward as the club's manager three months later.

"John [Ward] has been very good about it and [Southend manager] Phil Brown has been telling his local papers that he is interested, but there hasn't been a bid," Dunne added.

"I've been upfront with JJ over the interest, as I am with all the lads, but he's a Colchester player and we're just getting on with it."