Luton Town striker James Collins wanted by Championship trio Middlesbrough, Cardiff City and Bristol City on a free transfer… with Neil Warnock’s side leading the hunt for the Republic of Ireland international
- James Collins netted 10 Championship goals this term as Luton Town came 12th
- The Hatters were back in the second tier following promotion from League One
- Collins has been at Luton since 2017 – but his current deal expires this summer
- Middlesbrough, Cardiff City and Bristol City are all keen to sign the striker
- Neil Warnock’s men are understood to be leading the race for the 30-year-old
Luton Town striker James Collins is wanted by Middlesbrough, Cardiff City and Bristol City on a free transfer.
Since joining from Crawley Town in 2017, the 30-year-old Collins has played a significant role in Luton’s rise from League Two to the Championship, consistently scoring goals, notching 72 in 181 appearances, including 10 in 42 league games this season as the Hatters finished the season 12th in their first campaign back in the second tier.
However, the Republic of Ireland international is out of contract and weighing up his options. With budgets tight in the Championship, Collins’ goalscoring record, allied with his free agent status, has put him in demand.
Luton Town striker James Collins scored 10 goals as the Hatters finished mid-table this season
Neil Warnock is interested in signing Collins with the Republic of Ireland man out of contract
Boro – who finished 10th – are understood to be leading the chase as Neil Warnock attempts to strengthen his attack.
Duncan Watmore, who only arrived at the Riverside in late November last year, was the team’s top scorer in the league this term with nine goals to his name.
Midfielder George Saville was the next-highest scorer with six, with strikers Chuba Akpom and Britt Assombalonga getting on the scoresheet just five times.
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