Nakamba joining Luton Town on loan from Aston Villa

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Marvelous Nakamba

London – Aston Villa midfielder Marvelous Nakamba is joining Luton Town, despite interest from West Brom.

The Zimbabwean midfielder is heading for a medical at Luton after the clubs agreed a loan deal.

The 29-year-old is yet to feature under either Steven Gerrard or Unai Emery this season, with his last competitive outing for the club coming in the dramatic 3-2 loss to Manchester City at the end of last season.

The defensive midfielder arrived at Villa Park on a £10.5million deal from Belgian side Club Brugge in 2019, and initially came straight into the starting XI under then-boss Dean Smith.

In his first season in the Premier League Nakamba played 29 times, but quickly fell down the pecking order and registered the same number of appearances in the following two seasons combined.

And in the 2021-22 season he averaged only 57 minutes on the field across 16 appearances, 11 of which came from the start.

Luton are bidding to make the play-offs in the Championship, and are currently sat in seventh place on 42 points, just three away from Norwich in third.

Nakamba will join Louie Barry out on loan for the rest of the season, with the ex-Barcelona striker’s spell at MK Dons cut short to secure a switch to the League Two side.

Emery’s side have been active in the January market, securing deals for former Real Betis full-back Alex Moreno, and ex-Chicago Fire striker Jhon Duran.

But the former Villarreal, PSG and Arsenal boss may not be done with his rebuild just yet, with the club previously weighing up a move for Betis’ £44m-rated forward Luiz Henrique earlier in January.

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