Luton Town manager Nathan Jones hopes to have “at least two in by next weekend” as a Luton kick off the season next Saturday in a Carabao Cup clash with Norwich City. Looking to strengthen his team ahead of the start of the 2020/21 season Jones told Mike Simmons of Luton Today “If you look, we like two in every position, so all you’ve got to do is look at the side, if you don’t think there’s two in every position, that’s the position we’re looking in. The board are working so hard, they’re backing me with the decisions I’m making, so we’ll have some news for you and have at least two in by next weekend, hopefully, more”.
It would seem former Charlton Athletics player Tom Lockyer will be one of those players after triggering a relegation release clause in his contract that allows him to leave for free. Richard Cawley of London News Online broke the news earlier on Saturday after speaking with Charlton manager Lee Bowyer. “Tom came to me yesterday and said Luton had offered him a three-year contract, so that’s where he’s going,” Bowyer said. Lockyer played 43 of Charlton’s 46 games in the Championship last season as they lost their battle against relegation on the last day of the season.
Jones also didn’t rule out a move for USA International Cameron Carter-Vickers who finished the season at Kenilworth Road on loan from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur. Speaking to Simmonds about the defender he said “What we don’t like doing is loans, so you can work your own way out from that. We prefer our own players as when we add value to players which we believe we do add value, we would like that value to be ours, that’s what we do.” Carter-Vickers has featured prominently in Tottenham’s pre-season friendlies as Jose Mourinho assesses what he has available.
The Hatters are also rumored to be lining up a bid for Aston Villa full-back James Bree that would break their previous record transfer fee paid when they signed goalkeeper Simon Sluga last off-season. Bree, who like Carter-Vickers played on loan at Luton last season, impressed Jones with his performances after a few home truths were shared. “Until something’s through the door I’m not going to turn around and say because social media tends to alert a lot of people, so we’re not going to divulge too much,” Jones told Luton Today earlier in the week.
Jones hopes to have “at least two in by next weekend” will be on top of midfielder Eunan O’Kane who joined the Hatters at the end of last season from newly-promoted Leeds United on a year loan. Meanwhile out of contract players such as Luke Berry, Danny Hylton, Elliott Lee, Glen Rea, and Kazenga Lua-Lua all re-signed. Jones is looking to bolster his squad ahead of what the bookies are saying will likely be another season battling against the drop.
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