Luton Town are expected to beat Derby County in the race to sign goalkeeper Simon Sluga from HNK Rijeka, Croatian outlet Rijeka Danas have reported.
In May, it had been reported by Goal that Derby, along with newly-promoted Premier League duo Norwich City and Sheffield United, had all been interested in signing the goalkeeper, although it now looks as though they will miss out to the reigning League One champions.
A product of Rijeka’s youth system, Sluga has made 86 appearances in all competitions for the club’s first team, helping them to win the Croatian Cup last season, before going onto make his debut for the Croatian national side earlier this summer.
If confirmed, Sluga will be Luton’s fifth signing of the summer transfer window, following the likes of Brendan Galloway, Martin Cranie, Ryan Tunnicliffe and Callum McManaman in making the move to Kenilworth Road.
I can see this being a good signing for Luton.
Sluga is evidently a solid goalkeeper, as indicated by his call up to the World Cup finalist’s national side earlier this summer, so you certainly feel he could be a useful asset for Luton in the Championship.
Given this looks set to be a season where consolidation and survival are the targets for the Hatters, you do feel as though they will need a stopper at the top of his game for the coming season, and at 26-years-old and fresh off that Croatia debut, Sluga certainly seems to be nearing that peak.
That they have apparently beaten off the likes of Derby and Sheffield United to Sluga’s signature should also go down well at Kenilworth Road, and give the club a good deal of confidence about being able to compete with the so-called bigger sides both on and off the pitch next season.