Newell won't return to Senda
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mike Newell says an agent's fee means Luton will not pursue Danny Senda.
Luton Town boss Mike Newell has revealed that a fee demanded by an agent has scuppered any potential deal for Wycombe Wanderers star Danny Senda.
The 25-year-old wing-back found himself out of contract over the summer and engaged in talks regarding a move to Kenilworth Road.
Newell, who has been vocal in his criticism of agents in the past, has long held an interest in Senda and also had a bid rejected for the player back in the January transfer window.
However the Hatters boss has now stated that negotiations reached a sticking point when Senda's agent demanded a fee that the Championship side could not match.
"There was a problem with the agent over Senda," Newell revealed to Sky Sports News.
"We wouldn't meet the agent's demands and unfortunately the lad's lost out on a move but that's just the way it is."
Luton have signed Lewis Emanuel to bolster their backline over the summer, but The Hatters are still short of quality with the high-profile departures of both Kevin Nicholls and Steve Howard.
With captain Nicholls joining Leeds United there needs to be a new skipper installed at Kenilworth Road, and Newell says Australian stopper Chris Coyne is likely to lead the side out against Leicester City on Saturday, live on Sky Sports 2.
"It is very likely that the new captain will be Chris Coyne," said Newell.
"I don't see it as a major problem. Chris did it in the past when Kevin was injured and I don't see any reason to change that."