Luton Town chief executive Gary Sweet has told Luton Today that they have rejected a seven-figure offer for James Justin from Nottingham Forest.

While the Hatters have recently signed Jack Stacey to strengthen the right-back position, the club are still very high on Justin, a 19-year-old who is one of the best young defenders in Sky Bet League One. He was a regular for the first team last season, even playing at left-wing to make sure he got into the team, and was able to walk away with the Luton Young Player of the Season award.

This attracted the attention of teams higher up the league ladder with even former Premier League champions Leicester City looking into signing him. But yesterday it emerged that Nottingham Forest were going to be the first team to make a concrete bid as they looked to add Justin to their squad. They had a disappointing year last season when they came very close to being relegated a young hungry talent may just help change their fortunes.

But for now, Justin will remain a Luton player as the bid, said to be in seven figures, has been rejected. Sweet said: “I know for a fact there’s plenty monitoring him, but James Justin is our player, and he’s a wonderful, wonderful player.”

“He’s going to be even better, but this is the right place for him.”

“It’s good, and he must be flattered, we’re flattered that people are coveting our young players, but they’re here, he’s under contract, and he’s a key member of what we do here.”

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