Hatters hierarchy Keane to tie Keith to fresh contract

Rejection doesn't mean committed midfielder won't sign extension

Despite transfer-listing Keith Keane, the Hatters are still hoping the combative midfielder will sign a new deal at Kenilworth Road.

The 23-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, but manager Richard Money believes it is only prudent to make him available while his contract wrangle goes on.

He said: "We're trying to sign Keith on a new contract. He's out of contract in the summer which is a situation that we don't want. At the minute he has rejected a contract that we've offered and so we've made him available for transfer.

"We are doing everything we can to keep Keith at the club. He is a bit of a talisman.

"He is obviously aware there are limits given the position we are in and the league we are in as to what we can pay.

"We thought we would see what interest there was before the January window closed."

Money was keen to ensure the situation wouldn't get messy and wants to avoid any tribunals that could occur if a club comes in for Keane when he is out of contract.

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