Luton Town midfielder Pelly Ruddock-Mpanzu is a wanted man, with Premier League outfit West Bromwich Albion among a number of clubs who want to prize him away from Kenilworth Road, according to Football Insider.
The 26-year-old has been a permanent Hatters player since 2014 following his move from West Ham United, and has risen through the leagues from a Conference player to a classy Championship operator.
Ruddock-Mpanzu is a box-to-box midfielder with lots of energy, and his good performances under Nathan Jones this season have attracted interest from the Baggies, along with Luton’s league rivals Norwich City and Swansea City.
The Hatters are in a precarious position though, as they could end up losing the long-serving midfielder for absolutely nothing in the summer when his contract expires.
Luton are a well-run club and they will never spend beyond their means, so the interest in Ruddock-Mpanzu could be a catch 22 situation for them as they may have to potentially break a wage structure to keep him at the club.
If the interest from West Brom, the Swans and the Canaries is all genuine, then it could be a real head-turner for the midfielder as his potential continues to rise.
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With just six months to go on Ruddock’s deal, it’s doubtful that Luton would get a fee worthy of his abilities from another club, but it may be better than losing him for absolutely nothing in the summer.
It’s one that will need careful consideration in the final week of the window, and considering he’s a key cog in Jones’ system, a potential Ruddock departure from the Hatters could seriously destabilise their season.
For some reason though, I can see the speculation in Ruddock-Mpanzu being just that, and I think he will remain a Luton player beyond the transfer deadline – what happens after that though is anyone’s guess.