Hatters agree fee for striker

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Luton Town have gone some way to compensating for the loss of Steve Howard by agreeing a fee for Hartlepool striker Adam Boyd.

The Hatters have been long-term admirers of the front-man and failed in a £500,000 bid for his services back in January.

However with last season's top scorer Howard leaving to join Derby County in a £1 million deal, Luton boss Mike Newell has once again moved for his former charge at Victoria Park.

The 24-year-old will now discuss terms at Kenilworth Road ahead of a switch to the Bedfordshire outfit, snubbing other Championship suitors in the process.

Boyd missed a large majority of last season due to a knee injury, and after Hartlepool's relegation to League Two his future was thrown into doubt.

Cardiff, Norwich and Barnsley were all linked with the man who netted 29 times in the 2004/20005 season, but Luton now appear to be on the brink of landing their long-term target.

The Hatters have seen their squad depleted by high profile departures this summer, with captain Kevin Nicholls also joining Leeds United, but Boyd's potential arrival would add depth to a front-line currently comprising of Rowan Vine and Warren Feeney.