Luton Town boss Rob Edwards has said he’s not aware of ‘concrete interest’ from Southampton but failed to close the door on a winter exit.
Luton Town star Bree looks to be attracting interest from the Premier League this month.
He was first said to be a target for high-flying Fulham before Nathan Jones’ relegation-battling Southampton were mentioned as admirers. Edwards was quizzed on the Fulham links, stating he had heard nothing at the time.
Now, he’s been asked about interest from the Saints too.
As quoted by Luton Today, the Hatters’ boss has again said that he isn’t aware of any concrete interest in Bree. However, he refused to rule out a winter departure for the right-sided defender despite his desire to keep him on board this month.
Here’s what he had to say on the matter when asked about Southampton links:
“There’s nothing that I know of at the moment, but like I said before, nothing would surprise me because he’s a really good player and obviously he’ll be out of contract in the summer.
“But I don’t know, I’m not aware of anything at the moment.
“With his situation, there’s always that possibility but what we’ll always do is try and make sure we do what’s right for the football club, and there’s an individual within that, a human being in that as well.”
Given that Bree’s contract is apparently up at the end of the season and with interest from the Premier League now emerging, it will be interesting to see just how his situation pans out over the course of the January transfer window.
The Wakefield-born defender is a vital player at Kenilworth Road, with his defensive versatility combined with his creative ability making him one of the division’s standout right-sided defenders.
He’s now played 141 times for Luton Town since first joining on loan in 2019 and he’s yet to test himself in the Premier League. There’s little doubt that he’s deserving of a top-flight chance, so it remains to be seen if he gets that shot with the Hatters or if he heads elsewhere for that opportunity.