Exclusive: Luton tie down history maker Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu as Rob Edwards gets another major boost
Luton midfielder Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu has agreed a new deal with the Premier League new boys, TEAMtalk can reveal.
The Hatters have been in talks with Mpanzu since sealing promotion to the Premier League as they look to reward the midfielder with a new contract.
Talks have progressed well and Luton are confident that Mpanzu will follow Amari’i Bell and Luke Berry in penning fresh terms at Kenilworth Road.
History-maker Mpanzu became the first player to go from non-league to the Premier League with the same club after Luton’s play-off final win over Coventry City.
The all-action midfielder, 29, is highly-rated by the club and adored by their supportes. Indeed, he made 37 appearances last season to help Luton claim their unlikely promotion back to the top-flight of English football.
Mpanzu is Luton’s longest serving current player having made 368 appearances for the club since joining from West Ham in 2013.
News of Mpanzu’s new deal will come as a huge boost to Luton boss Rob Edwards as he looks to keep the nucleus of his squad and bring in new signings as they prepare for life in the Premier League.
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Nakamba’s Luton Town Return: Transfer Hangs in the Balance
This comes after his pivotal role in escorting the Hatters to a hard-earned Premier League promotion during an initials Aston Villa to Luton Town Move: A Hitch in the Making
Nakamba’s Second Swing at Kenilworth Road
Aston Villa’s Zimbabwean midfielder, Marvelous Nakamba, stands on the brink of a return to Luton Town. This comes after his pivotal role in escorting the Hatters to a hard-earned Premier League promotion during an initial loan spell. However, his potential transfer is not without hitches, with complications arising over the contractual terms.
Given Nakamba’s position as surplus to requirements at Villa Park, he has received a signal from Unai Emery for a departure. The move is seen as a step to advance his career. The Daily Express has confirmed that both Villa and Luton are currently negotiating the transfer, which is likely to be wrapped up once the player is back from Zimbabwe.
The Wage Impasse
Sky Sports Lyall Thomas has brought a different perspective to the table. He contends that Nakamba’s wage demands pose a significant hurdle for Luton Town, especially if the club seeks a long-term contract with him. Nevertheless, Luton Town remains committed to securing the deal and is willing to consider another loan spell if the wage structure cannot be agreed upon. Villa, conversely, is more inclined towards an outright sale.
Fan Favourite Nakamba and Luton’s Top-flight Journey
Marvelous Nakamba endeared himself to Luton Town supporters, making 17 appearances in the Championship during the latter half of the previous season. His performances were instrumental in leading the club to a playoff spot
Luton Town had to overcome the challenge of both Sunderland and Coventry City to secure their first top-flight promotion since 1982. Nakamba’s tireless work rate was integral to this achievement, further cementing his place as a fan favourite.
The Anticipated Transfer Fee
Transfermarkt values the 29-year-old midfielder at roughly £3.45 million. However, the exact fee required to finalise Nakamba’s move from Aston Villa to Luton Town remains uncertain. As we await further developments, it’s clear that Nakamba’s return to Kenilworth Road hinges on resolving the ‘awkward’ contractual terms.