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James Collins: Prolific League Two striker joins Luton Town

James Collins was in great form for Crawley last season. Credit: PA

Luton Town have completed the signing of prolific Crawley Town striker James Collins for an undisclosed fee.

The 26-year-old, who was part of the Northampton Town team that was promoted to League One in 2016, has agreed a three-year deal at Kenilworth Road.

He will help fill the void left by Jack Marriott who was sold to Peterborough United on Wednesday.

Collins scored an impressive 20 league goals for a struggling Crawley side last season, and will compete with Danny Hylton for a starting berth in Nathan Jones' first-choice eleven.

James is a proven striker, especially at this level. To score the amount of goals that he did – without being disrespectful to anyone – in a team that was fighting relegation, was first class.

It's a wonderful signing and we've had to work really hard to get him. All credit to the board and to James himself. He showed a desire to want to come to the club because we had competition from other clubs to get him.

We want winners in the dressing room and good characters who want to buy into the ethos we have here. When I met James, I knew that he had that ethos. I know what he wants to do. It's a real coup for us.

– Nathan Jones, Luton Town manager

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Stevenage finalise deals for Martin and Turgott

Blair Turgott (left) and Joe Martin (right) have joined Stevenage. Credit: PA

Stevenage have strengthened their squad with the signings of left-back Joe Martin and winger Blair Turgott.

The pair both join for undisclosed length deals, with Martin moving to Hertfordshire on a free transfer following his release by Millwall and Turgott making the switch from non-league Bromley.

The pair become the fifth and sixth captures of the summer so far.

Meanwhile, defender Kgosi Ntlhe has been released.

Redmond miss proves costly as England lose on penalties

England looked dejected after watching Redmond miss from the spot. Credit: PA
  • England U21 2-2 Germany U21 (Germany win 4-3 on penalties)

England's hopes of reaching the European Under-21 Championship final were dashed after they lost their semi-final against Germany on penalties.

Former Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond, who now plays for Southampton, missed the decisive spot-kick to send the Germans through as Aidy Boothroyd's side were beaten in the cruelest possible fashion.

England had recovered well from falling behind in the normal 90 minutes as goals from Demarai Gray and Tammy Abraham gave them a 2-1 lead, but Felix Platte's late equaliser took the game to extra-time.

Norwich's Jacob Murphy came on as a substitute but was unable to inspire his team to a winning goal which meant that the match went to penalties.

Lewis Baker, Ben Chilwell and James Ward-Prowse did manage to convert their efforts, but Redmond couldn't follow suit as England's long wait for a penalty shootout win over Germany goes on.

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Peterborough United sign Reading goalkeeper on loan

The goalkeeper has made a six month loan switch to the ABAX Stadium. Credit: theposh.com

Peterborough United have signed goalkeeper Jonathan Bond on loan from Reading.

The former England under-21 international moves to the ABAX on a six-month contract.

The 24-year-old has made 14 appearances for the Royals after starting his career with Watford.

Bond was pleased to commit his future for the next six months to Posh, and said on the club's website: “I spoke to the manager Grant McCann and he was very positive about the future and I am pleased to be here. I am looking forward to getting started."

Norwich City announce new three-year sponsorship

LeoVegas say they are Credit: canaries.co.uk

Championship club Norwich City have announced a new three-year sponsorship with mobile gaming and sports-betting operator LeoVegas.

LeoVegas will become the club’s main sponsor for the next three seasons from next month.

The company, whose ambassador is comedian Johnny Vegas, has sponsorship ties with Brentford Football Club and Leicester Tigers.

The club said the new sponsorship will generate vital income into the club.

Managing Director Steve Stone said: “We are delighted to welcome LeoVegas as our Principal Partner for the next three seasons, and as such they are making a vital commitment to Norwich City."

“It has been a positive summer for the Club commercially, and this lucrative partnership with LeoVegas will generate vital income into Norwich City. We very much look forward to working with them for the next three seasons.”

Ebou Adams: Midfielder completes Shrewsbury loan switch

Ebou Adams will be playing his football at Greenhous Meadow for the first half of next season. Credit: PA

Norwich City youngster Ebou Adams has joined League One side Shrewsbury Town on a six-month loan deal.

The 21-year-old midfielder moved to Norwich from non-league outfit Dartford in 2016, and has been a regular in the club's under 23s team.

He helped the Canaries reach two cup semi-finals last season, but is yet to make his first team debut at Carrow Road.

We think this is Ebou’s best opportunity to get games under his belt in senior football until January. It’s a really good loan – Shrewsbury are a good club and Paul Hurst is a good manager and someone who I know really well.

We know they’ll look after him in the way we’d want them to, and we felt this was too good an opportunity to turn down.

– Richard Money, Norwich City Academy manager
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