When Luton Town were promoted to the Premier League, it was expected that their main summer transfers would be players with English experience to help the town stay up in their first season.
That is exactly what happened, with all but one of their first-team arrivals coming from clubs around the country, while the other, Ross Barkley, is one who knows the league well.
That’s not all they targeted, however, as Liga de Quito’s director Esteban Paz revealed to Radio Cobertura, relayed by ESPN, that Luton Town also went after Oscar Zambrano, a young defensive midfielder with 14 caps for Ecuador’s U20 team.
He said: “The transfers didn’t close completely. They were important figures, but the bonuses were not convenient. In any case, the teams remain interested and in contact for when a new market opens.”
That suggests Luton Town are likely to return with a new bid in January for Zambrano, and it’s a story we will be keeping an eye on going forward.
While results have yet to go their way, the Hatters have put in some dogged displays against bigger teams, and will be hoping that they can get their first points of the season against Wolverhampton Wanderers at home next weekend.