Blues Linked With Luton Skipper
Sunday, 16th May 2021 10:28
The Blues are understood to be heading the race for out-of-contract Luton Town skipper Sonny Bradley.
Rumours regarding Blues interest in the 29-year-old began circulating on social media yesterday and now the EADT is reporting that Town are currently the frontrunners to sign Bradley, who has been a key man for the Championship Hatters over the last three seasons.
Bradley started his career with hometown club Hull City and while a Tigers player spent time on loan at Harrogate, IK Frej in Sweden and Aldershot before moving on to Portsmouth in 2013 - prior to Paul Cook’s time at Fratton Park - having made only one start and one sub appearance while at the KCOM Stadium.
After one season at Pompey, 6ft 5in tall Bradley moved on to Crawley, where he spent two years prior to another two campaigns at Plymouth Argyle.
In 2018 left-sided Bradley joined Luton, then in League One, on a free transfer, signing a three-year deal which is up this summer. He helped them to promotion in his first season and has been one of their top performers in the second tier in the last two campaigns.
The Hatters have held talks regarding a new contract, while fellow Championship side Preston North End were linked earlier in the year.
As previously reported, Town boss Paul Cook is looking to assemble a squad of Championship standard players this summer and will be looking for a number of central defenders.
Skipper Luke Chambers and Player of the Year James Wilson were among those released, while the Blues took up the one-year option on Toto Nsiala’s deal. However, it’s understood that was in order to achieve a fee for the former Shrewsbury man, while Luke Woolfenden, who is in contract until 2024 with the club having an option for a further season, is another who has been told he can find a new club.
As revealed on Monday, former loanee Callum Connolly is among Cook’s central defensive targets with the 23-year-old having confirmed his Everton departure earlier in the week.
Town may struggle to compete with Championship clubs when it comes to wages this summer with League One’s SCMP Financial Fair Play rules limiting sides to spending 60 per cent of their turnover on wages.
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|pennblue added 10:32 - May 16|
If we want a promotion winning side next season, then we need to buy a season ticket tomorrow, at 9am. That is our part of the deal.
|Counagoal added 10:37 - May 16|
I’d be very happy with this. He’s a left sided centre back so we can play a balanced pairing of him and Woolf. Other positives is that he’s a captain so could come in and take the armband and he’s 6”5. Think he’s something we really need!
|Paddy39 added 10:47 - May 16|
Handy in the box when we concede stupid corners etc.
|WonTheCupin78 added 10:48 - May 16|
Good player and one of the principle reasons why Luton Town have done so well. Luton fans will be gutted if he goes. Exactly the kind of first signing we need.
|WonTheCupin78 added 10:50 - May 16|
And btw, once we get a couple of top Championship players in, other players will join us also. People will want to join the club. Reckon Bradley could be our new club Captain if he signs.
|muccletonjoe added 10:53 - May 16|
If we get one or two like this into the club, then I think season tickets will take off.
|HighgateBlue added 10:55 - May 16|
Exactly what we need. Big, organisational, experienced, not too old, left sided. Ideal.
|Oldboy added 10:56 - May 16|
Would be a fantastic signing. Build it and they will come. I have never looked forward to a close season before, but this one is going to be exciting.
|Gforce added 10:56 - May 16|
Admittedly I don't know too much about this guy, but he sounds exactly the right kind of quality we need to bring into the squad, to drive the club forward.
He obviously would be an upgrade on the current centre backs and the released ones. If we can bring in 5/6 championship standard players of similar ilk, we will be a tough proposition next season.
Obviously strengthening is needed in all areas, but 2 top quality strikers is the priority for me.
|Linkboy13 added 10:58 - May 16|
Show ambition and pay the wages then players will come that's how it works im afraid in all professions. Definitely the sort of player we need and twenty nine is not too old for a centre half. We haven't had a dominating centre half since Mc cauley.
|naenormalblues added 11:11 - May 16|
Linkboy13 you are aware we’re only allowed to spend 60% of our turnover on wages? Be stupid to spend it all on one player
|Sharkey added 11:13 - May 16|
I’m impressed that the article doesn’t say something about being in the ‘chase’ for Bradley’. Either great self-restraint, or not slumped in front of the telly 17-18 every weekday .
|Monkey_Blue added 11:32 - May 16|
This does highlight the issue of recruitment Lambert had. It was as much about FFP as it was Evans being tight. Pretty sure we went all the way on wages under Marcus
|GiroJim added 11:40 - May 16|
Dont know much about the guy,but sounds exactly what we need at the back. 2 decent centre halves would be a great base to work from.
|brendenward35 added 11:44 - May 16|
We need a good defensive pairing like we had with a few years ago. Get that and it will be half the battle. Leaked too many stupid goals last season.
|dirtydingusmagee added 11:46 - May 16|
sounds like would be a useful signing, Certainly need a leader, someone with some fire in his belly,one that can read what is going on ,and motivate/organise the team around him on the pitch as well as off it. Chambers lost that ability several seasons back,
|Taricco_Fan added 12:10 - May 16|
An experienced 6'5" centre-half from the Championship who can come in and take the captain's armband? Yes please.
|gosblue added 12:14 - May 16|
Can someone please explain how the EFL will calculate 60% of turnover when there were very few revenue streams available to clubs last season. I assume ticket sales, shirt sales and food and drink sales will all have been well down. Plus the EFL have virtually killed transfer fees with their ridiculous wage cap.
|maninashed added 12:23 - May 16|
Do they count signing on fees?
|Monkey_Blue added 12:25 - May 16|
He might be a good signing but we are going to be having to pay him more than championship clubs can afford, which limits you with other signings. At his stage in his career and his level it will come down to cash.
|Suffolkboy added 12:32 - May 16|
Am puzzled : was there not a ‘legal ‘ case brought by the PFA which resulted in this sort of caping being scrapped/ rejected as illegal ?
We must wait and see exactly what can be done ,and within what constraints ; but we have dispensed already with the services of many on the books which will have lightened the burden .Pretty sure PC and owner/ managers will have been calculating exactly what and how to spend !.,
|Dissboyitfc added 12:37 - May 16|
no suffolk boy the players wage caps were dropped in the legai case, FFP is about percentage of turnover and it doesnt include transfer fees just what the player can be paid in his salary!
|brendenward35 added 12:38 - May 16|
Think PC looking at quality before quantity therefore smaller squad will mean we can afford higher wages.
|jas0999 added 12:40 - May 16|
Would be an excellent signing.
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