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Luton Town transfer tracker: Summer business begins

Luton Town started the week off in style, in what has been a manic few days for confirmed deals and rumours involving the Bedfordshire club.

Now approaching just a month before the Championship season gets back underway, Nathan Jones will be looking to do as much of the necessary business left to do as early as possible.

The Hatters have now returned to the training pitch as they begin preparations for the new second tier campaign, one where they will be striving to go one better, following play-off heartbreak last time around.

Here, we take a look at the confirmed deals and the latest rumours involving the Championship outfit...

IN: Alfie Doughty

A deal that escaped the media's attention, Alfie Doughty arrived on Monday as the club's first signing of the summer transfer window. A previous target back in January 2021, the Hatters secured his services this summer for an undisclosed fee from Stoke City.

Likely to provide Amari'i Bell with cover competition, adding a more youthful left-wing-back to compete with the former Blackburn Rovers man certainly appeared as one of the chores on Jones' priority list.

There is also scope for the left-sided player to operate in a more advanced position, with Doughty a bright, attacking spark whose speed and crossing ability can cause chaos in the Championship.

IN: Cauley Woodrow

Exactly 24 hours after the confirmed arrival of Doughty, Cauley Woodrow was the next player to arrive. The Barnsley talisman, who had played a big role in the club's eventful last few years, also arrived for an undisclosed fee.

Returning to Bedfordshire after departing for Fulham back in 2011 as a 16-year-old, the Hemel Hempstead-born forward signed on the dotted line at Kenilworth Road, despite being linked with a couple of highly ambitious League One clubs.

Immediately bolstering Jones' attacking options, it remains to be seen how Woodrow will be deployed.

IN: Matt Macey

Making it a hat-trick of 5pm signings on successive days, Matt Macey is another who re-signed for the club, over five years after departing.

Macey first arrived in Bedfordshire on loan from Arsenal for the second half of the 2016/17 campaign, featuring 11 times in a 10-week loan spell.

Now signing on a permanent deal from Hibernian, he will be striving to kick on and challenge for a number one spot. Jones' comments upon the arrival of the 27-year-old, as displayed on the website, makes it near enough certain that Luton fans can expect another goalkeeping arrival.

OUT: Danny Hylton

Cult hero Danny Hylton departed for Northampton Town this week, ending a six-year stay with Luton, creating some excellent memories along the way.

Initially tasked with helping the Hatters out of League Two, the 33-year-old has gone on to surpass all expectations, and last year he proved that he could score goals in the Championship.

Bowing out as an excellent servant to the club, Hylton will once again be on a mission to help a club out of the fourth tier.

OUT: Peter Kioso

Peter Kioso has joined Championship rivals Rotherham United for an undisclosed fee, with the 22-year-old unable to see regular minutes with the Hatters.

A player with excellent defensive abilities, and a keenness to get forward, it remains to be seen what kind of role he will play under Paul Warne. A right-back by trade, Kioso particularly shone when part of a back three, offering the Millers boss versatility and adaptability ahead of their Championship return.

A player that evidently wanted game time, Rotherham have got their hands on a good player who just saw his first-team opportunities limited because of excellent defensive options at Luton.

POTENTIAL IN: Tyreece Simpson

Luton have been credited with an interest in Ipswich Town striker Tyreece Simpson, as per a report from The Telegraph.

The report states that the Hatters will have to battle it out with Middlesbrough and Huddersfield Town for his signature, with a £250,000 price tag emerging.

Netting nine times in 25 League Two games whilst on loan at Swindon Town last season, the 20-year-old's physicality, a knack for scoring goals and ability to link the play appears to be catching the eye.

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