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Luton Town defender Jack Stacey is due to have a medical at Bournemouth, after both clubs agreed a £4m fee for the defender, it has been reported in The Sun.
The 23-year-old was a key figure in the Hatters’ successive promotions to the Championship and was named the club’s young player of the year last season, and is now expected to be Eddie Howe’s second signing of the summer.
So are Luton right to sell Stacey to Bournemouth for £4m?
“This is big blow for Luton Town – especially seeing as they’ve lost a promising full-back in James Justin.
“Stacey has been a key player for Luton over the past couple of seasons, helping them win back-to-back promotions and he was outstanding in League One last season.
“I’m sure he would have had another important role to play in the Championship next season and it’s a major blow for the Hatters to lose him.
“From Stacey’s point of view, Bournemouth is an exciting move from him, as they’ve done well with signing talented young players from the Championship in the past.
“The good news for Luton is that £4million is good business and Graeme Jones can use this money to strengthen his squad this summer.”
“I’m beginning to worry a little for Luton. Their side had been together for a while and looked to be developing as a unit, but they’re having to rebuild right now and that’s a concern for me.
“£4m is a good sum for Stacey and they’ve got a few quid now after selling Justin to Leicester as well, but they have to find the right replacements for these players. Time is running out, the season starts in a few weeks and they’re looking decidedly weaker than they did at the end of last season.
“I buy into the Luton story, I followed them back in the late eighties when they won the Littlewoods Cup and I understand what a return to the Championship means to their fans.
“I’d just be concerned they’re selling off the family diamonds and replacing them with cubic zirconia.”
“I think this is probably about right for them.
“With Premier League clubs circling, it is unlikely Stacey will extend the 12 months remaining on his contract at Kenilworth Road, meaning it may be more sensible for Luton to sell him now while they can still cash in on him.
“Now they will be able to go out and spend a significant fee on a replacement for Stacey, and agreeing to the deal quickly does at least give them more time to find a suitable alternative to come into the club.
“Even so Stacey’s performances have been vital on those back to back promotions for Luton in the past two season, so he is sure to be missed at the club, and finding the right man to take his role could arguably be crucial to their hopes of surviving in the Championship next season.”