Luton Town are close to agreeing a fee for the signing of Bristol City midfielder Joe Morrell, The Daily Telegraph’s Mike McGrath has reported.
A graduate of Bristol City’s academy, Morrell has made just a handful of appearances for the club since first making his way into their senior setup in 2013.
Instead, the Welshman has enjoyed several loan spells elsewhere in the football pyramid, most recently in League One with Lincoln City, with the 23-year-old also being capped nine times for Wales at senior international level last summer.
Now it seems as though Morrell could be set for a permanent move away from Ashton Gate in the next few day’s, with McGrath’s latest update claiming that the Hatters are not far away from agreeing a fee with Bristol City for the signing of the midfielder.
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As things stand, there are two years remaining on Morrell’s contract with Bristol City – with the option of a further 12 months – putting the Robins in a strong position to negotiate any offers that come in.
If confirmed, Morrell could be Luton’s fifth signing of the summer, following the permanent arrivals of Jordan Clark, James Bree and Tom Lockyer, and the loan signing of Sheffield United’s Rhys Norrington-Davies.
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It looks as though this could be a really good signing for Luton.
Morrell already looks to be a hugely influential player at Football League level, and at 23-years-of-age, there is still plenty of time for him to improve further.
With that in mind, it is perhaps somewhat surprising to see Bristol City are willing to let him go when they are not under any huge pressure to do so, and you only have to look at the reaction to this news from their fans to see how much of a risk they could be taking here.