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Aaron Tshibola: Villa star heads to MK Dons on loan

Aaron Tshibola joined Aston Villa last summer. Credit: PA

Aston Villa midfielder Aaron Tshibola has joined League One side MK Dons on a season-long loan.

The powerful 22-year-old moved to Villa Park from Reading last summer, but was loaned out to Nottingham Forest in January.

Tshibola is the Dons' eighth signing of the summer so far.

Aaron will bring great experience, energy and power to the team. He’s a Championship-calibre player so it’s a top signing for us.

I think it shows how far we’ve come and where we’re trying to get to, that we can attract someone of Aaron’s quality.

– Robbie Neilson, MK Dons manager

Meanwhile, Luton Town have signed former Stoke City goalkeeper Harry Isted on a one-year deal.

Andrew Shinnie: Luton Town loan Scottish midfielder

Andrew Shinnie tasted promotion with Hibernian last season. Credit: PA

Luton Town have signed Scottish midfielder Andrew Shinnie on a season-long loan from Championship club Birmingham City.

The 27-year-old, who has one cap for Scotland, started his career at Rangers and has also played for the likes of Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Rotherham United.

Shinnie helped Hibernian gain promotion to the Scottish Premier League while on loan there last season.

It’s a wonderful signing for us. I have to confess, Andrew was on my list when I was at Brighton to take him there, so to get him for Luton is a real coup for the football club.

He has a proven track record. He was an excellent player in the Championship through Birmingham’s really good spell under Gary Rowett and he’s a player that myself and Joaquin Gomez flagged up early in our Brighton time.

So to actually bring him to the football club is wonderful. We lost a wonderful player in Cameron McGeehan and what he does is difficult to replace. But we have brought in a different Championship quality player and we are delighted.

– Nathan Jones, Luton Town manager

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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

Meanwhile, young goalkeeper Craig King has left the club to pursue a career away from professional football.

The 20-year-old said in a statement that he had been suffering from "severe depression" for the last couple of years and wants to concentrate on getting better.

Luton Town sign Reading defender on two-year contract

Stacey played 38 times for Exeter City last season Credit: Luton Town/Twitter

Luton Town have signed defender Jack Stacey from Championship side Reading on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The 21-year-old right-back is set to join up with Nathan Jones' squad when they return for pre-season training on Wednesday.

Stacey made six first-team appearances after coming through the Royals' youth system but has spent much of his professional career out on loan.

He played 38 times for Exeter City last season, helping them reach the League Two play-off final.

Speaking to Luton Town's website, Stacey said: "The manager has told me about the lads and how they are all great lads, how it's a culture where everyone wants to improve and the facilities at the training ground really give everyone opportunity to do that."

"I'm looking forward to coming in, improving my own game and hopefully helping Luton Town improve."

Meanwhile, Luton midfielder Jake Gray has joined fellow League Two club Yeovil Town for an undisclosed fee.

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Alan McCormack: Luton Town agree deal for midfielder

Alan McCormack is a popular figure at Brentford. Credit: PA

Luton Town have agreed a deal to sign experienced midfielder Alan McCormack on a free transfer.

The 33-year-old will officially move to Kenilworth Road when his contract at Championship side Brentford expires at the end of June.

Irishman McCormack lists Southend United and Swindon Town among his former clubs, and was once named in the League One Team of the Year during his time at Brentford.

He’s a wonderful signing, he has come from a Championship side, so it shows what we are looking to do. He is the type of player we have been looking for, we are really pleased to have him.

With everyone we bring in, we try to see if they have got promotions on their CVs, if they know what it’s like to play in high pressured games.

To play for Luton, you have to be able to play under pressure and in big games.

For me he is a real combative central midfielder that can play. He has real good qualities. Good quality in possession, he is a leader. He is an experienced central midfielder player which is what I feel we really need.

– Nathan Jones, Luton Town manager

Jones 'bitterly disappointed' by Luton Town exit

Luton Town manager Nathan Jones struggled to hide his frustration after watching his side concede in the 95th minute of their League Two semi-final to end their hopes of reaching Wembley.

The tie appeared to heading for extra-time, before goalkeeper Stuart Moore's last minute own goal handed Blackpool an aggregate victory.

Jones admitted he was "bitterly disappointed" that his players switched off at the most critical moment of the tie, but backed them to bounce back next year.

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