Crawley reject Luton's bid for James Collins

Shrewsbury Town's James Collins (C) and Crawley Town's Josh Simpson in action

HITC Sport understands Luton see bid for striker turned down.

Shrewsbury Town's James Collins (C) and Crawley Town's Josh Simpson in action James Collins (C) in action for Shrewsbury

Crawley Town have rejected a bid from Luton Town for star striker James Collins, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Luton have made Collins one of their top targets this summer as they look to strengthen their attacking options this summer.

Hatters boss Nathan Jones is a big admirer of the former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international and sees Collins as someone who can fire the goals to spearhead their promotion bid next season after missing out in the play-off semi-finals last season.

Nathan Jones celebratesLuton boss Nathan Jones

Collins enjoyed a stunning first season with Crawley last term after joining on a free transfer from Northampton last summer.

The 26-year-old made history at Crawley by becoming the first Red Devils player to score 20 league goals in the Football League and he scored 22 in all competitions for the League Two side.

Collins' goalscoring exploits and promotion-winning experience makes him an attractive proposition to a number of League One and League Two clubs as he is a proven goalscorer at those levels.

Mark Wright (R) celebrates scoring the first goal for Shrewsbury Town with James CollinsMark Wright (R) celebrates scoring for Shrewsbury Town with James Collins

Coventry City are also interested in Collins and they could make a move for the former Aston Villa youngster as they look to make an immediate return to League One next season.

Crawley are reluctant to lose their top scorer as they plan for life under new manager Harry Kewell next season, but they are bracing themselves for more offers for Collins this summer.

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