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Prosser in Northampton Town move while Pigott joins Luton Town

Luke Prosser lifts the League Two play-off trophy. Credit: PA

Southend United centre-back Luke Prosser has joined Northampton Town on loan until the end of the season.

The 27-year-old has been with the Shrimpers since 2010, but has found first team opportunities harded to come by this season in League One.

Prosser's contract at Roots Hall expires in the summer.

"I'm really pleased to bring Luke in.

I have been an admirer of his for a while and this is another signing that will strengthen us at a key time in the season.

As James Collins did, Luke also won promotion from this level last season, and that knowledge and experience can only help us.

We have a really hectic schedule coming up, and to be able to add Luke's ability, knowhow and experience to the squad is a big boost and a huge help to the players who are already here and have done so well to get us to the position we are in."

– Chris Wilder, Northampton Town manager
Joe Pigott will spend the rest of the season at Luton Town. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, former Southend loan star Joe Pigott will spend the rest of the campaign at Luton Town.

Pigott has signed on loan from Charlton Athletic and helped Southend gain promotion from League Two last season.

“I’ve worked before Joe before. He’s an excellent young striker who has scored goals wherever he has been.

He’s been brought into the Club because he is the type of player we want here. He fits all of our criteria and adds competition to an area we are already very strong in."

– Nathan Jones, Luton Town manager

Elsewhere, Stevenage defender Jamie McCombe has left the club by mutual consent.

Arrest made in Northampton Town loan investigation

A 45-year-old man is helping with inquiries in relation to the investigation into the use of funds loaned to Northampton Town FC by Northampton Borough Council. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Northamptonshire Police have confirmed a 45-year-old man is helping with inquiries in relation to the investigation into the use of funds loaned to Northampton Town FC by Northampton Borough Council.

The man was arrested by detectives at an address in Northamptonshire on Monday morning. He has been released on conditional bail.

“This remains a very complex investigation and, as such, it would be inappropriate for us to make any further comment at this time.”

– DCI Paul Spicer, Northamptonshire Police

Northampton Borough Council loaned the League Two club £10.25million to complete a stadium development in 2013.

The proposed work was never completed and, in November 2015, police launched an investigation into "alleged financial irregularities".

Despite numerous off-field problems this season, the Cobblers are top of the table after 27 games.

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Northampton Town and MK Dons duo head to Barnet

Chris Hackett will spend the rest of the season at Barnet. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Barnet have completed the double signing of MK Dons midfielder Mark Randall and Northampton Town's Chris Hackett.

Randall has been released by the Dons and joins on free transfer, while Hackett moves on loan until the end of the season.

Mark Randall found first team opportunities hard to come by at MK Dons. Credit: PA

“Mark (Randall) is a great boy who has been through a difficult time recently. He’s also found it tough with the injuries so I feel he needs to go and get a fresh start – he goes with my support.

I like him as a person and I think he’s an extremely gifted footballer. He’s always had a good demeanor about him and I want to thank him for efforts and his patience.”

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons Manager

Northampton Town seal loan move for Shrewsbury Town star Collins

James Collins will spend the rest of the season at Northampton Town. Credit: PA

Northampton Town agreed a deal to sign Shrewsbury Town striker James Collins on loan until the end of the season.

The move represents something of a coup for the Cobblers, with Collins a proven goalscorer in the lower leagues.

The 25-year-old has played more than 20 games so far this campaign and scored 17 goals last season as the Shrews were promoted to League One.

Click below to hear from Chris Wilder

"We are delighted to bring in a player of this quality and it is important that we strengthen the squad when we are doing well.

We are not looking to take anything away from the squad, we only want to add and James adds quality and depth to the existing squad.

He has scored goals at this level and played a key part in a promotion winning team in League Two last season.

He fits into our system and the way we want to play, we have known about him and followed his career for a long time and it is pleasing we have been able to add a player of this quality so early in the January transfer window."

– Chris Wilder, Northampton Town manager

Cobblers in the clear as winding-up petition withdrawn

Cobblers fans celebrated the Kelvin Thomas takeover news. Credit: ITV Anglia.

A winding up petition on Northampton Town FC by HMRC has officially been withdrawn after a court hearing last Monday.

All the club's debts have also been paid.

New chairman Kelvin Thomas has said it will give the team a chance to focus on the FA Cup.

"This is a very positive step as we move forward. We can now focus on our review of the club and developing the future plans.

"We really enjoyed our first game in the win against Yeovil last weekend and the welcome we received from the fans was really special.

"Now it's time for the FA Cup. The players have given themselves a wonderful chance of getting into the 3rd Round and it's a great time to get behind them.”

– Kelvin Thomas, Chairman

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Northampton council confident of getting money back

Northampton Town's stadium Credit: ITV Anglia.

Northampton Borough Council says it's confident it'll get its money back after agreeing a deal over the 10 million pounds it lent to the football club.

An agreement was reached yesterday which will see that debt repaid by transferring development land around the stadium to the council. It means the council will seek to adjourn the administration hearing scheduled for Friday.

Councillor Mary Markham says the deal should suit both club and taxpayers.

New deal to repay Northampton Town's debts to the council

Northampton Town fans on the coach heading for Tuesday's match against Crawley. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A deal is being hammered out between Northampton Borough Council and the prospective new owner of the town's football club over the repayment of a £10 million loan.

Kelvin Thomas has been in talks with the council all day. On Monday he agreed to take over the troubled club from current chairman David Cardoza.

ITV News Anglia understands that the club's multi million pound debt will be repaid by transferring development land around the stadium to the council. The should see the club avoiding moves to have it wound up.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Olivia Kinsley from outside Northampton Guildhall

Staff express relief over Northampton Town deal

There's relief among staff at Northampton Town Football Club as talks continue to ratify a takeover deal.

An agreement was reached last night between the club's current chairman David Cardoza and prospective buyer Kelvin Thomas.

Only the players have been paid since September, through a loan from the players' union the PFA, as the saga over the club's future rumbled on.

Staff who are behind on wages include manager Chris Wilder, assistant Alan Knill, coaches, ground and shop personnel plus club stewards.

Press officer Gareth Willsher said it had become extremely stressful for people there, some of whom were given loans by NTFC Supporters Trust so that they could get by.

"Everyone's pulled together, the supporters have been great, the staff have gone above and beyond I would say.

"So to have light at the end of the tunnel now, to have this agreement in place between David Cardoza and Kelvin Thomas is just a huge relief and I hope we can move on very soon.

– Gareth Willsher, Northampton Town

Mr Thomas is in meetings with Northampton Borough Council today to discuss how to resolve the outstanding £10.25 million loan which was made to the club.

The council will then hold a meeting this evening to decide whether they're happy for the takeover to proceed.

Northampton Town spokesman Gareth Willsher speaks about the staff's relief over the takeover deal

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