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Bradley Set to Stay at Luton
Friday, 21st May 2021 14:28

Luton skipper Sonny Bradley now looks set to stay with the Championship Hatters, snubbing the chance to join the Blues this summer.

The 29-year-old was believed to be close to joining Town having rejected a new offer at Kenilworth Road with some sources suggesting the deal was all but done.

However, according to Football Insider, the centre-half is now minded to agree a new deal with Luton, who he joined three seasons ago and TWTD understands that while not yet confirmed, Bradley is indeed now more likely to remain with the Hatters than move on this summer.

Yesterday, Bradley’s centre-half partner Matty Pearson agreed to join Huddersfield which may well have led the Hatters to step up their attempts to keep hold of their captain.

The Blues' interest in Bradley began circulating on social media last weekend with Town understood to be very much the frontrunners for his signature, while Preston had previously been linked.

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.

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.

As revealed last week, former loanee Callum Connolly is among Cook’s central defensive targets with the 23-year-old now having confirmed his Everton departure.

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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cat added 16:09 - May 21
Money and ambition is what it takes to land a decent player whatever league your in and we have both in abundance.

dyersdream added 16:14 - May 21
oh well we'll be scraping league 2 , Freebies and irish league for our new squad

Linkboy13 added 16:18 - May 21
Blues one i expect your one of the dreamers out there who think we're going to sign Harry Kane.

Edmundo added 16:32 - May 21
Nothing but rumour until 1 June. Don't believe anyh till then.

blues1 added 16:32 - May 21
Campag velocet. What has us having no games got to do with anything? The whole point is that until the window actually opens, we cant actually sign anyone. Nor can anyone else. Can get agreements with out of contract players but they cant sign until july1. So there will be very few signings at all prior to june1st anywhere. And as Mark Ashton doesntcstart work here until june1st it's unlikely we'll be doing that much beforehand that will be made public. Sire theres plenty going on behind the scenes tho.

blues1 added 16:35 - May 21
Linkboy13? What are you on about? If I dont think were gonna be signing waghorn how the hell would I be thinking we,re gonna sign Kane? Ur the one who said u were excited about us signing waghorn. Not me. Think ur the one dreaming

Kirbmeister added 16:38 - May 21
Luton are a better side than us and a league higher. Why on earth would Bradley want to sign for Town?

tractorboybig added 16:48 - May 21
who in their right mind would leave a championship side to come here????????

BlueySwede added 16:58 - May 21
"Luton are a better side than us and a league higher. Why on earth would Bradley want to sign for Town?"
New challenge? Seeing what the new owners are trying to do here, and maybe that is aiming even higher than Luton? (Luton has done a marvellous job in the Championship, but maybe they have reached as far as they can?)

happybeingblue added 17:07 - May 21
what about curtis tilt heard hes really good maybe better than danny sonner

BossMan added 17:23 - May 21
I'm always impressed when the first we know a new player is coming is after he has signed a contract.

Linkboy13 added 17:56 - May 21
Dont think you've ever played the game Junior Blues one.

blues1 added 18:56 - May 21
Linkboy13. What are you going on about? What has me playing the game or not got to do with anything? No, I didnt play. But I managed a sunday team, some years ago, to 5 successive promotions, including winning the league 4 times, and once in top division won the senior cup in 1st season. Oh and if being 61 counts as a junior nowadays, thanks.🙂 Going back to the subject I replied to you on original tho. You clearly misunderstood my point to you, so think we both talking at cross purposes. Hence the tone of ur replies. Have a good weekend anyway.

Fatboy added 18:57 - May 21
I take it some of you have never been to Luton!

In theory, the 60% of turnover restriction should mean that we are able to out-compete the vast majority of other clubs in League One when it comes to offering wages, especially if we keep the squad down to a reasonable size. In turn, that should mean a squad capable of competing for the top two places or play-offs at worst. Not necessarily players dropping down from the Championship (why would they?) but certainly attracting the best players from other League One clubs or overseas equivalents. Whether it is logistically possible to put that squad in place and have them playing well together by the start of next season remains to be seen.

Monkey_Blue added 19:47 - May 21
A reality check for the people who think we are going to sign top players. We can’t attract a journeyman from Luton and Rhodes isn’t coming either. The appeal of cook seems to extend only to unqualified scousers for coaching roles.

Oldboy added 20:02 - May 21
There will be plenty of others to chose from.

cat added 20:21 - May 21
Monkey blue - we won’t be signing top players, we’ll start at the bottom and work up, should we achieve success. Money is power but it don’t guarantee happiness. Wait and see what happens before trying to put us all on a downer!

ringwoodblue added 20:25 - May 21
Quelle surprise!

WonTheCupin78 added 22:30 - May 21
It's good that we are competing for the signatures of players like Rhodes and Bradley. Shows clear ambition but it is going to be a difficult task to get these players to sign. We are likely to lose out to the likes of Huddersfield and Luton Town. If it turns out we were in for Leahy and lost out to Shrewsbury, I'd be more concerned.

Unfortunately, the decision to release Wilson seems a strange one now. Easy however to judge with hindsight (if we had signed Bradley then no issue). It was a risk releasing our player of the season, hopefully it will pan out for us.

It should be noted that there have only been about 20-25 transfers across leagues so far so no need to panic.


Saxonblue74 added 23:43 - May 21
Lots of people getting their knickers in a twist over pure speculation. There will be many more to follow, all with no substance whatsoever. When we do actually make some new signings I would like to think the incoming players share the same vision and excitement for the future that our new owners clearly have, which may just entice a few from the championship?

Len_Brennan added 09:38 - May 22
There are rumours (speculation) and then there are very credible news stories by credible journalists; this very much falls into the latter category.
TWTD posts both types of stories, but clearly indicates the distinction between the two by use of direct language when substantiated, and couched language, such as 'is being reported' / 'is unlikely to be the case', when they have no source for the rumour themselves.
Given how strongly Stuart Watson (EADT/KOA Pod) was reporting on this deal almost being agreed, I think we can take it as 99% certain that we were at an advanced stage with this possible transfer.
It is a significant, albeit an early one, blow to PC's summer recruitment programme. Not particularly because Wilson & Chambers have gone, while Nsiala & Woolfenden have also been told that they are not valued here, because there is plenty of time yet to replace them all; but more for the statement of intent that it would have sent out. Footballers can be a bit like sheep when it comes to signing contracts, while those who do sign & then see all the promises made of quality signings to come not materialising (think Bart during his final season here, when Webster, Waghorn & Garner were all sold after he had signed, only to be replaced by League 2 quality players), can very quickly get frustrated & become a problem in terms of attitude, atmosphere & form.
Bradley would have been an excellent signing in a number of ways; ability, presence, leadership, proven Championship experience, attitude & statement of intent ; it seems very likely that we have lost out on him, so it is important for Cook to have a similar replacement in mind & is ready to move quickly.
The Rhodes link also appears to be credible, so that is the loss of 2 big statement signings in 2 days. Just like the positive momentum those 2 would have given us, missing out on them, publically, can have the opposite effect & make other potential signings a bit more wary of what coming to Portman Road will offer them.
The next 2 weeks are going to be very important to the Paul Cook revolution.

Radlett_blue added 09:53 - May 22
Trying to assemble a Championship squad when in League 1 may be hard, but it should be more effective than Paul Hurst's strategy of assembling a League 1 squad while in the Championship.

blues1 added 10:46 - May 22
Len brennan. No, we werent at an advanced stage at all. A cording to football insider, we were only preparing a offer for him. So we hadnt even made him an offer, let alone close to signing him.

runningout added 11:41 - May 22
We aren’t any form of attraction after years of complete poo. Onward.....

Monkey_Blue added 12:39 - May 22
Cat- I’ve seen idiots talking about us having £40m to spend which is nonsense. Cook will be shopping in the same aisle as lambert but be able to pay fees. Do you think a player cares how much his current employer is paid vs what he is? It’s about wages and we can’t spend more on signings or wages unless they are u21…. I’m which case why would an exceptional youngster come here rather than to a club higher up? If we chuck £20k a week at a teenager we’ve all seen how that works for their motivations and for the security of a club long term. I’m judging Cook on his actions, the performances and results. I could accept the last two if the way he was going about it showed any logic or respect. Let’s say we wanted to sell practically every player at the club as has been reliably reported. Their value has just plummeted meaning wage budgets are not going to be as high as they could be. He started to shout about how terrible the players were a couple of weeks into his tenure…. When we still had a good chance of making the play-offs. Terrible man management but also suggesting lambert was getting more out of the said terrible players than he was capable of. He’s hired his mates as coaches including a kit man. None of whom have any experience in the roles they are taking. I still worry, Liam Richardson is who we should have hired as Cook comes across as a typical insecure narcissist who is blaming everyone but himself for how awful we have been under him in comparison to how average we were under lambert. Narcissists always blame everything and everyone…. He started that after we were two games in. A good coach coming in at this stage of a season finds a system that works for the players, not rigidly sticking to his “only” way to play. Sure, evolve the squad in the summer to match what he’d like to play but he’s been covering his backside almost from the start, surrounding himself with grateful yes men coaches and creating a poisonous atmosphere amongst the players.

I’d accept the signings we make based on budget and league…. I can’t accept what cooks done so far, the manner in which he’s done it of the cognitive dissonance of so many on here. Cook hasn’t been hired by a big championship club despite promotions( all with big spending teams relative to their league) and there must be a reason for that…..

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