Leeds Explore Loan Deals For A Couple Of ‘Old Boys’

Chris Wright

7th, January 2011


By Chris Wright

Championship high-flyers Leeds United are reportedly working towards securing loan deals for a brace of former fans’ favourites, with both Newcastle midfielder Alan Smith (can you believe that he’s 30?) and recovering Tottenham crock Jonathan Woodgate both being linked with temporary returns to Elland Road.

Leeds manager Simon Grayson has admitted his interest in signing out-of-favour Smith until the end of the season, telling the PA:

“He’s a good player and forget any affinity he has with the club in the past, if you get a player of Alan’s ability then obviously you would have to be interested. We are in the market to make us better.”

Grayson also listed Woodgate (along with a few other no-mark South American also-rans) amongst the players he’d be interested in acquiring during the transfer window:

“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 both have fantastic footballing ability, experience and know-how.

“Whether I intend to [make enquiries], we will have to wait and see where we go with it.”

Kaka and Messi were both unavailable for comment.

Posted in Championship, Newcastle Utd, Tottenham Hotspur, Transfers & Rumours

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  1. I think Leeds should sign Dedryck Boyata on loan instead of Woodgate.

  2. Orangina says:

    Alan gave his all for Leeds and was made a scapegoat for going to the Scum. His agent and Leeds had him over a barrel. Welcome him back any time, a fantastic bloke who has always been and will always be Leeds to the core. Experienced and a good example for the youngsters. Bring him back! Not sure about Woodgate he could take ages to get fit…

  3. ProudPeacockMOT says:

    How did his agent have him over a barrel, talk about making up what you want too. As for Leeds having him over a barrel it was Alan Smith’s decision to make he didnt HAVE to do ANYTHING. And he out right said ‘I Want to go to Man Utd!Some of you need to take the rosetinted glasses off, I dont hate Smith, but some of the ‘fans’ wanting him back and the excuses their ‘believing’ to suit their own cause its just well baffling.
    He’ll divided the fans, anyone that ignores that fact don’t care about Leeds.
    He’ll derail the season.
    He’ll upset the dressing room
    Some fans will start critising SG
    The wages are unthinkable even if Newcastle pay 50%, and the players won’t take to kindly to AS strolling in breaking the wage cap.
    He isn’t a striker, lets face it when he was at his peak his goal scoring record was never anything to shout about. He was 5th choice striker before the quick fire sales at Elland Road.
    He isn’t a decent DM, he’s simply a utility guy. Jack of all trades master of none.
    His legs have gone, he hasn’t the pace or the desire anymore. ( and before people bring up his season with Newcastle when they got promoted I did watch the games). Even the managers, Newcastle fans dont rate him. NUFC are keeping him simply because hes a good characetr to ahve around????? Thats talent lol. The Geordies havent ever rated him.
    He’s injury prone, he;s out injured as we speak so isnt going to happen as much as you besotted ‘fans’ think it is or convince yourselves its going to happen. Were on the way up, he’s on the way down. His opportunity to return was onloan under Wise he turned us down to stay in Scums reserve team, he only wants to play for us now beacuse he isnt PL player anymore in quality. We’ll be doing HIM a favour! He jumped ship like all the rest of the merceneries, and now they want Leeds to be a retiremnt home for Ex-Leeds players now their all coming to the back end of their careers and want the praise in the last couple of months ‘if’ Leeds return to the PL? NAFF OFF! We got ourselves out of the sh*tter, do they honestly think they can stroll back and take the praise, instead of all the players that have help us since weve hit rock bottom. Naff Off Smith and also the rest of the ex Leeds palyers being linked back!

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