Luton boss hints Birmingham and Bristol City target Vassell may leave

Isaac Vassell of Luton Town celebrates scoring his teams 2nd goal during the Sky Bet League Two match between Blackpool and Luton Town at Bloomfield Road on May 14, 2017 in Blackpool,...

Luton manager Nathan Jones won't stand in the way of Birmingham and Bristol City target Isaac Vassell if he wants to leave.

Luton Town manager Nathan Jones says he won't "stand in his way" if Birmingham City and Bristol City target Isaac Vassell wants to leave the club.

The Birmingham Mail reports that both Championship clubs are interested in signing the forward, who started the 2017/18 season in style with two goals against Yeovil Town in the Hatters' League Two opener.

Isaac Vassell of Luton Town celebrates scoring his teams 2nd goal during the Sky Bet League Two match between Blackpool and Luton Town at Bloomfield Road on May 14, 2017 in Blackpool,...Isaac Vassell of Luton Town celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Sky Bet League Two match against Blackpool.

HITC understands that Luton have already rejected bids of around £1.2m from both Birmingham and the Robins for the 23-year-old, but while Jones doesn't want Vassell to leave Kenilworth Road he will not stop him if he decides he wants to.

"We love Isaac and Isaac is what we want. Yes we've give him an opportunity but he's taken that opportunity, so it's a 50-50 relationship," the 44-year-old told the Bedfordshire News. "He's wonderful young man who goes about his work and has a great ethic. He has a humility about him which is very rare these days in the youth.

"But we haven't just had offers for Isaac - I've been like Joe Root batting off stuff all through the summer, so it's nothing new for me. What I don't want to do it detract from the focus of the team, and it won't.

"That's it until anything changes. We hope it doesn't because we want him here we like him here. I don't want to stand in his way, and if I believe I'm not taking his career forward he will go with my blessing, but at this point we believe he's a year into his development."

Vassell was left out of the Hatters' 2-0 Carabao Cup first round defeat to Ipswich Town on Tuesday because of illness, but is expected to return to their starting XI for their trip to Barnet on Saturday.

The Plymouth Argyle academy product can be considered something of a late developer after leaving the Pilgrims for non-league Truro City in 2014.

After impressing in Cornwall, Vassell was signed by Luton on a free transfer in 2016 and to date has scored 16 goals in 54 appearances for Jones' men.

Luton Town manager Nathan Jones looks on during the Sky Bet League Two match between Northampton Town and Luton Town at Sixfields Stadium on April 30, 2016 in Northampton, England.Luton Town manager Nathan Jones.

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