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Nathan Jones eyeing up reunion with former player at Stoke City



Luton midfielder Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu will be a target for Stoke City in the summer transfer window, if the Potters can make space for the 25-year-old in their midfield options, the Stoke Sentinel have reported.

Mpanzu has played in key role in helping Luton rise from the conference all the way back to the Championship, and has made a total of 206 appearances in all competitions for The Hatters since joining from West Ham – initially on loan – in 2013.

During that time, Mpanzu was managed for three years by Nathan Jones, before the Welshman left Kenilworth Road in January to take charge of Stoke, and it seems that Jones is now keen on a reunion with the 25-year-old.

It is thought that the Potters are keen to bring in Mpanzu to strengthen their midfield, but that they are currently unable to do so because they are overstocked in that position.

Jones is said to want a squad of 20 outfield players to work with next season, but there are currently 29 outfield players on the club’s books, not including several signings that are expected to be confirmed as joining the club in the coming weeks.

Even if they are to clear space in their squad, a deal for Mpanzu may still be difficult to complete. The midfielder is under contract and happy at Luton, although there are also thought to be a number of other clubs ready to compete with the Potters for the signing of the 25-year-old.

The verdict

What a signing this could be.

Mpanzu has been the definition of a midfield enforcer at Luton in recent years, and Stoke’s style means that he could continue that role in a similar vein should he move to bet365 Stadium.

The link with Nathan Jones is another promising sign for Stoke if Mpanzu does join, and you feel it could help them somewhat in the battle for Mpanzu’s signature.

UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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