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Luton Town sign Cambridge United's Robbie Willmott

Robbie Willmott
Willmott's Cambridge contract was set to expire in the summer

Cambridge United winger Robbie Willmott has joined Blue Square Bet Premier rivals Luton Town for £50,000.

The 20-year-old has signed an 18-month deal with the Hatters after the U's had already rejected two five-figure bids from unnamed clubs.

Willmott has scored 10 goals in 29 games this season.

Meanwhile Cambridge striker Wayne Gray has been released from his weekly contract as part of a cost-cutting exercise by the club.

Interest in Willmott and fellow Cambridge youth product Josh Coulson has been high since the club was put up for sale in January.

"I feel it's a good move for Robbie, on a football front I'm disappointed to lose a player of his quality," said Cambridge boss Martin Ling.

"He will be hard to replace from within but that's where it's got to be. Sometimes you have to manage difficult situations."

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U's director of football Jez George added: "We had little room for negotiation on the fee as Robbie's contract, signed in July 2009, had a release clause if a club came in with a bid of £50,000.

"Because there was only one club who matched this amount, it was impossible to push the fee any higher."

Willmott's entrance at Kenilworth Road is likely to pave the way for Luton winger Andy Drury to leave.

Reports have linked the 28-year-old to a move to Ipswich Town.



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see also
Cambridge consider Willmott offer
27 Jan 11 |  Cambridge Utd
Luton acknowledge Drury interest
25 Jan 11 |  Luton
Cambridge snub Willmott approach
20 Jan 11 |  Cambridge Utd
Cambridge owners ready to sell up
06 Jan 11 |  Cambridge Utd


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