Leeds: No Plans To Part With Smith

Last updated : 15 August 2003 By Kevin Markey
Elland Road chiefs have acted quickly to make it clear to supporters, who will have been alarmed by the report, that there is absolutely no truth in today's Sun that "secret talks" have taken place and a move is close.

Another attempt from the Southern press to unsettle the club on the eve of a new, important season.

The Sun's Villa reporter claimed that The Whites were close to agreeing an £8m fee with Aston Villa for the England striker, in a move that would reunite him with former Elland Road boss David O'Leary.

But a statement on the club's official website read: "Leeds United can categorically deny the story and have issued assurances that there are no plans to part with Alan Smith, who is seen as a key figure in Peter Reid's aims to take the club back into Europe again."

Smith, who only signed a new contract in February, recently said that he would never consider leaving Leeds United even if they were relegated.