Elland Road boss wants to bring in former favourites from White Hart Lane and St James’ Park.
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Leeds United manager Simon Grayson has expressed an interest in bringing Alan Smith back to Elland Road.
The 30-year-old made 172 appearances for Leeds between 1998 and 2004 before joining arch-rivals Manchester United during the club’s financial meltdown.
Smith had been a huge fans’ favourite but left Elland Road following relegation for a £6million transfer fee that went some way to helping the club stay afloat.
A possible return for Smith has Leeds fans divided, although manager Grayson does not believe the Red Devils factor comes into the equation and that he will sign good players regardless.
However, he has confirmed that he has not spoken to Newcastle manager Alan Pardewabout Smith and that he is still to decide whether he will be approaching the Magpies.
“He’s a good player and forget any affinity he has with the club in the past,” Grayson said.
“If you get a player of Alan Smith’s ability then obviously you would have to be interested. We are in the market to make us better.
“We’ve been linked with many players. Smith, Woodgate, Kaka, Messi! Smith is a good player, Woodgate is a good player and we want good players at this club.” (Sky Sports)
Well clearly moves for Kaka and Leo Messi are not likely to take place but by all accounts Alan Smith and Jonathan Woodgate may well be on their back to Elland Road as Simon Grayson looks to take Leeds United back to the top tier of English football.
Both players could do with regular first team football for differing reasons. Alan Smith has started just six Premier League games this season and Alan Pardew would presumably be more than happy to give the former Man United man the chance to help his former club in their promotion push although some supporters have not forgiven him for moving to Old Trafford back in 2004.
Jonathan Woodgate is coming back from long term injury and Harry Redknapp appears open to the idea of giving the centre back the chance of getting some first team football under his belt and he too could help Leeds United as they look to register back to back promotions.
The West Yorkshire side are currently in fifth place in the Championship but have played more games than most of their rivals.
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