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Alan Smith - The Man Utd Link Again

The Birmingham Mail claim that Martin O'Neill is once again looking at Manchester United striker Alan Smith after being alerted to the fact the Old Trafford club aren't offering him a new deal.

Vital Villa covered this last month with the England striker apparently willing to see out the remaining two years of his contract in a bid to fight for his place.

However after comments by Alan Smith The Mail say 26-year-old would be interested in Villa if United decide to sell him. With Louis Saha out until January with an injury, it seems unlikely they will look to offload him though surely? As always, the likes of Everton, Tottenham and Newcastle are also linked.

The Mail quote his agent Alex Black after Smith pleaded with the Reds to 'tell me where I stand'.

Black said:

'It is not really for us to look at other clubs. There was a clause relating to an extension to Alan's contract which 12 months ago, when he was injured, they decided not to take up. You would obviously therefore have question marks in your head as to where that would leave you. Alan's opinion is that, okay, he has not been offered a new contract but he still has two years left at arguably the biggest club in the world.'

'He has every confidence in himself to stay and fight. I am sure United would love to bring in other players, that's part and parcel of being at a big club.' Adding that no player can expect guarantees of a first team place but: 'It is a more of a case that if you know that you are definitely not wanted, then you need to be told that. Alan has gone on holiday for a few weeks and these are the sorts of conversations that probably need to take place face-to-face.'

'At the moment Alan's plan is to go away and relax and try to put football to the back of his mind. Then he'll come back and I'm sure that he and Sir Alex will have a chat at the start of pre-season.'

Last time we asked a poll about whether you'd like Alan Smith at Villa Park was last November, the results were:

Yes but there are better options (41%)
Yes, exactly what we need (34%)
He'd be ok, but only ok (15%)
No (9%)
Unsure (1%)

Hey, its quiet, might as well ask the same question again!




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday June 14 2007

Time: 1:55PM

Your Comments

The Birmingham Mail are a joke. No better than fansfc.com!
DeanoVilla
i still think surely there are better options out there than smith,he isnt that natural goalscorer we need. UTV
Belfast Villain
Prefer smith to bellamy.
villain76
paper talk I agree, although I was dismissing the article totally until I saw the agent quotes. The last time this was in the press and we picked up on it, the reports were saying that Smith would see out his 2 years and fight for his place but maybe first team football would attrack him?
The Fear
Baggie Bill looks to fill a few column inches...? Rumour mill just goes full cycle, no doubt the Koumas/Bellamy rumours will start again soon. Credit to clubs for keeping their cards close to their chests - the press are clutching at straws....
bazzah
I just wonder if the player wants a move to Villa or the agent wants a move to Villa, why did he not sign on loan in the middle of last season if he wants a move? He had to opportunity to come to Villa for a look at the club, meet and greet the staff and at the end of the season make his mind up. I know he played a few games for Utd Including the cup final, maybe he was hanging around to see if he could get enough games for a Championship medal? Never been a fan of Smudge but if he did the buisness in a Claret and Blue shirt my attitude towards him (like so many others) could well change.
col8
Story might now be approaching the all too repetitive/boring stage, but my stance hasn't changed. I'd love to see him at Villa Park. He's exactly the type of package we need at this important stage of our development/progress.
glensider
He seems very reluctant though (hardly surprising) to move away from The Theatre Of Dreams. I think that Big Sam up on Tyneside thought he had him in the bag, but Smithy seems hesitant to commit to anything right now. Get in there Martin.
glensider
What I can't understand is the article says Smith is 26 yet we have been linked with him every summer for the last 17 seasons!!
jonah
 

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