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3 Luton Town transfer rumours that did not materialise this summer.

Throughout the summer Luton Town signed nine new players, with a few of the new arrivals going straight back on loan for the season. However, there were a few credible links over the summer that did not eventually materialise.

Here, we take a look at three of them...

Antonios Papadopoulos

At the start of the window, the Hatters were linked with Borussia Dortmund centre-back Antonios Papadopoulos after a source stated Luton and Preston North End were battling it out for the signature of the German defender.

The 22-year-old began his career at VfR Aalen after being promoted from their youth set-up. After spending a year in the German amateur league he moved to Hallescher FC in the German third division. Just three years later, he joined Borussia Dortmund. Papadopoulos has been playing with the reserve side in the third division but has made two appearances for the first team.

Being at such a successful club, with clear strong potential, he came with a very high asking price of a rumoured 7 figures. For whatever reasons, most likely money, Luton did not sign the young German and he remains a part of the reserve squad at Dortmund. The youngster could've potentially filled the gap left where Kal Naismith left, but it wasn't to be.

Obtaining a work permit may have been a complication in this one.

Source: BILD - German News Source

Callum Wright

Another transfer rumour that was hinted at the start of the window, Luton were said to be in for Leicester City youngster Callum Wright.

The 22-year-old midfielder endured a loan spell with Cheltenham Town last season and scored nine goals in his League One campaign. Wright did not join Luton and instead has left Leicester City to link up with ex-Luton youngster Charlie Patino at Blackpool. Due to Luton's depth in central midfield, the move never came to fruition for the Hatters.

Source: Gloucestershire Live

Matt Smith

One more rumour and another young midfielder who was linked with the club was Matt Smith, an Arsenal U21 graduate.

Having previously gone on loan spells in League's One and Two, Smith gained lots of valuable experience at Swindon Town, Charlton Athletic and Doncaster Rovers.

After these loans, Smith was expected to take one more step up to the Championship, and the Hatters were one of the candidates to try and sign the midfielder. Millwall were another club fighting for the signature of Smith along with a whole host of unnamed Championship teams, but now the window is closed, Smith has remained with the Arsenal u21s for now and recently received a first-team call-up and was on the bench against Aston Villa last week.

Source: SunSport

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