U's land Watson
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 30-year-old has concurred on terms to be reunited with former Royals team-mate Phil Parkinson (pictured) at Layer Road.
Watson had been U's boss Parkinson's prime summer transfer target and he will sign for the Second Division club on the proviso he passes a medical.
Parkinson was delighted to land Watson, who will leave Reading after two-and-a-half seasons at The Madejski Stadium.
"It's not often when you are looking for players that you get your number one target but Kevin Watson is someone that I have wanted for a long time and he will be a very good player for this club," Parkinson told Colchester's official website.
"I have played alongside him at Reading and he replaced me in some ways in the team but I know him very well.
"Kevin had two or three other offers on the table and some other clubs had been very good in the deals they offered him.
"There were a couple of Division One clubs showing interest as well but didn't make a firm offer and he has told me that he wants to come to Colchester United and be successful here so I am delighted about that."