Newly relegated Premier League side ready to make 'opening bid' for Coventry City star

Newly relegated Luton Town are set to test Coventry City’s resolve with an ‘opening bid’ for star midfielder Ben Sheaf, it has been claimed.

The Sun’s transfer specialist Alan Nixon is today reporting that the Hatters, who have previously been linked with interest in the 26-year-old Sky Blues star, are looking for reinforcements to replace Ross Barkley, with the 30-year-old former Everton and Chelsea midfielder expected to leave Kenilworth Road this summer after a superb personal season under Rob Edwards.

Manager Edwards is looking to strengthen his side to mount an immediate promotion bid for a swift return to the Premier League. Fulham and newly promoted Ipswich Town, meanwhile, have also been linked with interest to Sheaf who, if he stays at Coventry this summer, is expected to be named Mark Robins’ captain for 2024/25.

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But Luton know that they will have to bid in excess of £10m and offer ‘top wages’ to lure Sheaf away from the CBS Arena, says today’s speculation.

Today’s report claims: “Luton are ready to make an opening bid for Coventry midfielder Ben Sheaf as they face up to losing Ross Barkley.

“The Hatters want to spend a chunk of their parachute payments from relegation in the former Arsenal prospect. Luton know they will have to go over £10 million to have a chance and also come up with top wages to make Sheaf swap Championship outfits.”

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