06:00 May 5, 2022
Luton Town have considered an emergency loan move for Ipswich Town goalkeeper Christian Walton in recent days, we understand.
The Hatters are in the thick of the Championship promotion race and, against all odds, can book a place in the play-offs on the final day of the season with a win over Reading.
But they do so without first-choice keeper James Shea, who recently suffered a serious knee injury and will miss the rest of his season and any eventual play-off campaign.
That, coupled with the fact that goalkeeper Simon Sluga left for Ludogorets in January and Jed Steer, on loan at Aston Villa, is also injured, has left Nathan Jones’ side without any senior goalkeeper options.
The Welshman had to switch Harry Isted who, despite being 25, had yet to make his professional league debut, meaning the Hatters were eligible to bring in a goalkeeper on emergency loan.
Luton have reportedly discussed a series of goalkeepers in their search for a temporary stopper, with Walton high on that list now that Ipswich’s season is over. Jones had expressed interest in signing him on a permanent deal before the keeper completed his full-time move to Ipswich in January.
But despite the interest, it was decided that any potential move would not be pursued and Luton moved on.
They finally signed Matt Ingram on loan from Hull earlier this week, with the veteran’s move to Kenilworth Road starting with a 7-0 defeat at Fulham which saw the Cottagers claim the league title on Monday night.
Luton could still earn promotion to the Premier League this season, however, with Ingram the man likely to be between the sticks if they reach the play-offs.
Walton has been the model of consistency since initially joining Ipswich on loan in August, before the Blues made a statement with a permanent snap in January.
The former Brighton keeper has regularly spoken of his happiness following his move to Portman Road, which gives him the opportunity to put down roots after spending the vast majority of his career away from the Seagulls with a succession of loan spells.