Luton Town manager Rob Edwards has confirmed that ‘there are talks ongoing’ to sign Teden Mengi from Premier League giants Manchester United.
Should the 21-year-old centre-half leave Old Trafford before Friday’s deadline, he will become the latest in a long line of promising homegrown talent sold on by the Red Devils this window.
Matej Kovar joined Bayer Leverkusen. Zidan Iqbal and Noam Emeran moved to the Eredivisie with FC Utrecht and Groningen. Anthony Elanga, meanwhile, added £15 million to Erik ten Hag’s FFP-hit transfer kitty when he joined Nottingham Forest.
Luton admit Teden Mengi interest
“He’s someone that we like,” Hatters boss Edwards tells Luton Today, confirming his interest while taking care not to get too carried away. “There are talks ongoing at the moment.
“(But) before anything’s finished, I’ve got to be honest, I don’t want to talk about anyone’s players.
“He’s someone that we like. But I don’t want to go into too much detail at the moment, if you don’t mind. If we can further on, then I’ll give you some more.”
Luton have just over 24 hours left in the window to secure Mengi’s signature. But with Fabrizio Romano reporting that a deal has been agreed between both clubs, it would be a major surprise at this stage if the Manchester-born centre-half was not posing for photos at Kenilworth Road before West Ham arrive tomorrow evening.
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Mengi, an England U20 international, has made only two first-team appearances for United, both of them coming in Europe. He did, however, enjoy a fine loan spell under United legend Wayne Rooney at Derby County in 2020/21 before spending the following campaign at Birmingham City.
“Teden did excellent for us last season,” Rooney said at the time (The Mirror). “I think he was getting better but, unfortunately, he got injured towards the end.
“I think he knows, and Manchester United know, he is a player I like.”