Grayson admits Smith interest

Whites boss open to return of club legend

Smith: Interesting Grayson

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Leeds United manager Simon Grayson has expressed an interest in bringing Alan Smith back to Elland Road.

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"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. "

Simon Grayson.

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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 Pardew about Smith and that he is still to decide whether he will be approaching the Magpies.

Good player

"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.

"They have fantastic footballing ability, experience and know-how.

"No one knows if Alan Smith is available. Alan Pardew is the only one. I have not asked that question.

"Whether I intend to, we will have to wait and see where we go with it."