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Millwall could turn to Watford striker if Smith deal falters

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MILLWALL are weighing up a move for Watford forward Mathias Ranegie as Ian Holloway steps up his search for new recruits.

The Lions manager remains determined to land his number one target, Leeds United's Matt Smith, but has lined up Ranegie as a back-up option.

Ranegie, a Sweden international and former Udinese player, could be brought in on loan until January.

But Holloway will be patient in his pursuit of Smith, who is today meeting with Leeds owner Massimo Cellino to discuss his future at Elland Road.

Millwall had a bid turned down for the former Oldham frontman in June but may return with an improved offer before the close of the transfer window.

However, Smith is not the only option on the table and at 6ft 5in tall, Ranegie, who scored four goals in ten appearances last season, is being considered as an alternative.

The 30-year-old has claimed he will quit Vicarage Road if he doesn’t get more playing time this year.

His first-team opportunities have been limited by the goalscoring form of star striker Troy Deeney.

And so far this summer, the Hornets have snubbed bids from QPR, Burnley and Leicester City for their prized asset.

So with Deeney still a Watford player, Ranegie would be keen on a move to The Den.

Speaking last month, Ranegie said: "The status is if Deeney is sold, I am his replacement.

"Otherwise the club has agreed to find me a new club."

In a separate development, Huddersfield Town attacker Sean Scannell has emerged as another player on Holloway’s radar.

The 23-year-old Croydon-born star can play down the middle or out wide and the Lions are interested in adding him to their forward options.

It's believed that Scannell, a product of Crystal Palace’s academy, wants to return to London after making 73 appearances in two years with the Terriers.

Meanwhile, Millwall will this morning make a decision on the fitness of Nicky Bailey ahead of Saturday's London derby at Fulham.

Physio Bobby Bacic has confirmed that the midfielder is in the final stages of his rehab after a calf injury, but a return next week might be more realistic.

“We need to decide whether we push Nicky or whether we give him more time,” Holloway added. “And I might not want to make changes to the team that beat Leeds.”

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

60 thoughts on “Millwall could turn to Watford striker if Smith deal falters

  • August 14, 2014 at 08:38
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    Finally some good news that we are looking for that other striker, with millwall looking scannell has well this could be a very good season for us indeed. Has long has we get a target man out of the two I would be more than happy. Everyone else's opinions?

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    • August 14, 2014 at 08:57
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      @rob hearn: Fuller and Gregory can both hold the ball up and both have pace. Scannell is a nuisance for defenders not sure about the Watford guy don't really know much about him but would personally prefer Smith as he adds another dimension, on set pieces in particular. I don't think we need to rush Bailey back as the midfield or doing well without him. If he is fit I would bring him on in the 15 minutes if we are a goal up to give him a run out and shore things up.

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  • August 14, 2014 at 08:47
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    Scannel wax a real handful last year I'd sign him no trouble. The Watford fella sounds the ticket as well. Both are better options than Smith.

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    • August 14, 2014 at 11:41
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      @Lincolnshire Lion: scan bell @rob hearn: scanell is yet another forward with no goals in him , maybe someone who can put the ball in the net would be nice , all our forwards lack goals , spend some cash on a proper striker Ollie !

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      • August 14, 2014 at 18:10
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        @southstandview: you need a little memory nudge mate remember the winger who tore us to shreds allowing Huddersfield to walk though us at the Den. That's your man. So you want yo go long to the big man ? Dislike all you like but Smith was a super sub at Oldham and a super sub at Leeds he be no better at Millwall. I just hope we don't have to pay over the top for a very average player. Gregory will come good.

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        • August 14, 2014 at 18:33
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          @Lincolnshire Lion: firstly I'm not keen on smith at all and if scanell is as brilliant as you say he is then loads of clubs will be after him , I've always thought he was a show pony with no end result to all his play .

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          • August 14, 2014 at 23:03
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            @southstandview: well he showed us the way home and away last season, and yes I was at both games.

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          • August 15, 2014 at 05:21
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            @southstandview: well that's it then , sign him up if he played well against us last season , let's just hope Real Madrid don't know about his availability .

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      • August 14, 2014 at 23:04
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        @LETEMCOME: could be onto a winner.

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  • August 14, 2014 at 09:00
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    Scannel is another Winger/striker with very few goals, goals is what we need & that's why we should be looking for an out and out striker, we have plenty of striker/midfielders, I hope Smith comes off as he is our sort of player & scored 13 in his first season in this division last year, so if he pushes on, he could be a real handful.

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    • August 14, 2014 at 12:04
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      @coldblowlane87: I agree also hope that Smith comes off for us, as i believe it Smith was Ollies first choice (maybe wrong) we should stick & persue him, i know its good that Ollie has alternatives but dont think Renegie is the answer, another 30 yr forward cant see Fuller & Renegie setting the championship alight somehow

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  • August 14, 2014 at 09:43
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    Scannel and Smith it is then.

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  • August 14, 2014 at 09:46
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    Who ever Oliie decides on and if we get them, we need them to be getting 10 to 15 goals a season if we are to progress in this league and maybe even be at the sharpe end contesting for promotion, even if it maybe too soon this season.
    But with a good 14/15 behind us we could push next term, and if that happens we will attract better players who would improve the squad, lets hope so.

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  • August 14, 2014 at 09:50
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    Just seen the stats on the other two mentioned .& they are both terrible.stick to smith ffs

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    • August 14, 2014 at 10:03
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      @Jim28: But I always think of Scannel as a more of a provider than a goalscorer.I have always been impressed when I have seen him and he could be good for Fuller or Smith.

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    • August 14, 2014 at 10:37
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      @Jim28: Jim Renegie had a strike rate of four goals in ten appearances last term, if he continued at that rate it would give him eighteen for the season - better than what we have so worth a punt!

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  • August 14, 2014 at 09:52
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    Not sure about Scannell. Poor strike rate. Watford lad uknown to me.

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  • August 14, 2014 at 10:12
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    I've seen the swede he's like Gregory a area man only bigger so I would still go for smith. I think Ollie is just letting Leeds no that he has options so they don't take the p*** with the price

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    • August 14, 2014 at 10:58
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      @block 28: Also, I'd rather the club spend their money on a 25 year old than a 30 year old. Unless he's like the evergreen Carlos Edwards, his clocking is ticking a little quicker than Smith's.

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    • August 14, 2014 at 18:12
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      @block 28: Gregory plays all over the pitch he's not an area man.

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      • August 14, 2014 at 18:58
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        @Lincolnshire Lion: i think block was merely saying he doex his best work in &.around the 6yd box.

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  • August 14, 2014 at 10:14
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    I may get some stick for this but is this the end of Easter? With Martin and woolford, with gueye and scannell or even Gregory on the left? Could be wrong but if we sign smith that's smith and fuller up top? Could be wrong

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    • August 14, 2014 at 10:59
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      @rob hearn: I would tend to agree with you on this, BUT Easter did look good last Saturday. He added some attacking inteligence when he came on, and he and Gregory linked up well. that may be a very good partnership.

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  • August 14, 2014 at 10:24
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    No loan signings pleased, f***** hate them !!!

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    • August 14, 2014 at 10:59
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      I @dpendet: I think loan signings are good when you sign young premier league players with something to prove just look at Kane, Townsend, Fredericks was ok and that d******* Smith was good for us until he started celebrating in front of the block that helped him up when he stacked it. I cant stand the journeymen which turn up and nick £20,000 a week for doing F all. I don't know why we only loan Spurs youth though there's a lot of talent out there who cant get a start and after a season with us might fancy joining.

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  • August 14, 2014 at 10:44
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    Isn't amazing the difference a year makes, we have won our first league game this season after an eight game unbeaten run last, a hard fought cup win with ten men and a good pre-season. We seem to have a very exciting bunch of lads coming through, a good strong bench, so much so that we have got to the stage where are only looking at tweaking the side by getting one striker in, which can probably be said about most teams in any league. The club has been transformed into a style of play that is effective and pleasing to watch, we seem to have players who care and get on and a manager who knows what he is doing and I think has found a set of fans and club that matches his slightly left field persona. Of all the options Smith would be my choice but the other two don’t look a bad plan B. Thanks Ollie, JB, Bomber, Marc and all for giving us our club back.

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    • August 14, 2014 at 10:49
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      @lennie the lion: Good post lennie,we have been doing well under ollie and all the backroom staff,but i cant believe that some millwall fans are being over critical of ollie.

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      • August 14, 2014 at 11:33
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        @jim1222: I think alot comes from the comments that he made on the weekend for the chants. In essence he should concentrate on team matters and leave the terraces to us and the upstairs management.

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          • August 14, 2014 at 14:43
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            @Jim28: I knew you'd like that one Jim 🙂

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        • August 14, 2014 at 13:34
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          @vonhardshaft: the point is von is if ollie is asked a question he will answer it,perhaps he should be a bit more diplomatic,but that is not ollie and we have to accept him for what he is.I would not have him do anything else and i back him for saying what he wants to say.

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  • August 14, 2014 at 11:35
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    @mitchamstaff well said, i definitely see value in us playing the youth loanee market. Get a young london lad in from Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea, give them a chance to impress their senior club. Kane is turning heads at spurs and their will be more out there. One like Chuba Akpom from Arsenal or is the answer already in the club? Aidan O'Brien? Alfie Pavey? much rather they get a chance then a money grabber who is passed it.

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  • August 14, 2014 at 12:01
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    Does everyone want Smith because they want Smith or are they just backing what Holloway wants so if he signs him they can pat his back on getting the man they also wanted?
    Everyone is pretty much saying lets get a goal scorer (we got a non league one), who do YOU want?taking Ollies targets out of the equation

    Personally the sound of a big target man sounds like we want to hit long balls, watching the boys on Saturday, especially when it was Easter and Gregory on, through ball on the floor from McDonald look to be the key to undoing defences, intelligent runs and defence splitting passes.
    For set pieces we have Byron and Beevers and Fuller for something in the box.
    If the plan isn't long hoofs to a target man and just holding it up for others then do we need 6ft 5 of forward.

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  • August 14, 2014 at 12:10
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    So it looks like hollas still has some good options up his sleeve, I wonder though if nothing works out if it's still possible to push to promotion with the guys that are here already? Or do ya reckon the squads just a bit thin?

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  • August 14, 2014 at 12:27
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    from the 2 games I'd say we need a midfielder to unlock defences with a killer ball, if Upson, Bailey, Chaplow or McDonald can do that regularly we are all set I think. I am not knocking Gregory at all I think he will come good, but his first touch has been letting him down, if he likes to chase a ball or smack them if they sit up for him then we need to play the ball to him that way, putting them on his foot hasn't worked yet.

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  • August 14, 2014 at 12:59
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    @BROOKER : you ask do people want SMITH, well a lot on here do, they were wanting him before he went to LEEDS and still an OLDHAM player long before OLLIE was here. Picking up on another point you raised, managers need plan A,B, etc and whilst I like the passing game now being introduced if, with a quarter of an hour or so left it hasn't worked cos they're sitting deep or whatever ,get the big man on and throw it in to him, it can work, and that's what I think OLLIES doing, giving himself a plan A ,B ,options to change. And for the record, I want SMITH too, and did so when he was at OLDHAM,nothing to do with weather OLLIE wants him.

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    • August 14, 2014 at 13:31
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      @bordersarebest0170: agree with all of your post.last year we had the hof he weren't great but he did bring holloway his plan b.

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    • August 14, 2014 at 14:04
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      @bordersarebest0170: You answered the first part of my question, do people want smith, "Yes, Lots of us do" fair enough, he was the only bright spark in Leeds team saturday and was a handful.
      I'm all for options, and understand plan a,b,c, if he wants him for the squad to change the dynamic and mix it up to confuse and disrupt to get a win this is good, horses for courses, in some games we will want to start that way and others introduce it later on.
      My question really is "Who is this proven 25 year old 20 goals a season man that people want?" Fuller isn't it him and neither will Smith be or the watford fella etc.
      We have gone and bought a good finisher from Halifax who needs a little time, and that is probably all we can do at the moment, unless Gillingham want to swap a star for a dozen tracksuits again, a non league striker is probably our only option.

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    • August 14, 2014 at 14:08
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      @bordersarebest0170: Another sensible post by you border's,i could not agree more.
      Some posters on here said they were not impressed with smith when he came on at millwall,i thought leeds were at their most dangerous when he came on,as you say we need a plan B,but to be fair i think ollie is getting a plan A B C and D going.

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  • August 14, 2014 at 13:10
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    Scannell average,the Watford geezer to old. Smith please.

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  • August 14, 2014 at 13:45
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    Leeds have just bought another striker from Southampton Billy Sharp so lets hope after his contract talks today Smith is a Wall player .
    As a previous post said a lot of Millwall fans including myself liked the look of him from his days at Oldham he actually reminded me of Morrison at his peak , I hope the prospect of learning an improving your game under Mr Holloway is a lot more attractive than under Forest Greens ex manager

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  • August 14, 2014 at 14:02
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    I hear leeds want a million for Smith. When do we pay that for a player,come on Wall shell out for once please.

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    • August 14, 2014 at 14:20
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      @LETEMCOME: if they want a million then they can jog on he ain't worth it. Move on to someone else

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      • August 14, 2014 at 15:26
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        @block 28: Seems to be the going rate and if he turns out to be ok a million wont seem bad. Who else is there?

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    • August 14, 2014 at 15:02
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      @LETEMCOME: we shelled out 800,000 for goddard in 89 or there abouts..& is still our record signing

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      • August 14, 2014 at 15:28
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        @Jim28: I forgot about that C**t. Funny that.

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      • August 14, 2014 at 17:06
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        @Jim28: Exactly.Cannot believe after all this time Goddard is still our record buy.About time this was wiped from our records and someone took his place.

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  • August 14, 2014 at 14:19
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    If McCormack was £11m then i'm sure the fruit loop owner thinks his entire squad consists of million £ players

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  • August 14, 2014 at 15:31
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    Pay peanuts gets monkeys. Same old Wall. I still love em though.

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    • August 14, 2014 at 18:15
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      @LETEMCOME: don't take the p*** out of them then.

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      • August 14, 2014 at 18:30
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        @Lincolnshire Lion: Taking the p***? We never spend decent money on a player its about time we did hows that taking the p***.

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        • August 14, 2014 at 23:09
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          @LETEMCOME: because we don't have the money. JB is trying to keep us solvent. We lose £5 million a year that's £5,000,000 of your hard earned quids. We don't have it.

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          • August 15, 2014 at 13:09
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            @Lincolnshire Lion: Fair shout lincs but i don't take the p*** out of our club.

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  • August 14, 2014 at 16:15
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    Billy Sharp gone to leeds for £640.000. seems good value

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    • August 14, 2014 at 16:32
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      @LETEMCOME: Should be to get Smith for the same amount then?

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