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Millwall's Smith hopes dented by Leeds deal promise

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MILLWALL'S chances of signing Matt Smith have taken a blow after the striker was told by Leeds that he is not for sale and will be offered a new contract.

Smith and his agent met owner Massimo Cellino yesterday to discuss his future at the club and talks quickly turned to extending his deal at Elland Road.

The 25-year-old has been told to expect an offer of new terms after the weekend.

There had been an expectation that Italian Cellino might be willing sell the frontman, having yesterday signed Billy Sharp and agreed a fee with Rotherham for Kieran Agard.

But despite not starting in the Championship opener at The Den last weekend, Smith has been assured that he is still wanted at the Yorkshire club.

Millwall will monitor Smith's talks with Leeds next week but a source confirmed that boss Ian Holloway will "probably be moving on" in his striker search.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

37 thoughts on “Millwall's Smith hopes dented by Leeds deal promise

  • August 15, 2014 at 11:38
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    Weher is he in the pecking order though, he needs to be playing, not sitting on the bench.

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  • August 15, 2014 at 11:45
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    morro anyone?

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  • August 15, 2014 at 11:54
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    sounds like Leeds want to collect strikers. If Smith is happy to play a bit part at Leeds then lets move on to someone who would jump at the chance to play for us.

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    • August 15, 2014 at 12:58
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      @wolla5: Assambolonga I think that's how you spell his name from Peterborough is a proven goal scorer banged in loads last year playing through injuries and could be a good asset. I think Gregory can hold the ball up well enough with a little bit of Ollie magic and Assambolonga playing off him could be very effective.

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      • August 15, 2014 at 13:05
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        @mitchamscaff: He went for 5.5m to Forest. Theres no way we can compete with that

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        • August 15, 2014 at 13:23
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          @Dazi: I didn't know that thanks. £5.5 million is ludicrous money for a league 1 player but he has got something about him that's for sure

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  • August 15, 2014 at 12:02
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    sounds to me like we should move on to other simular targets. i for one doesn't want to have him if the only reason he arrives, is because weeds don't want him.
    there are plenty of cheaper options abroad than smith, and with an even bigger potensial.
    Mark Beck from Carlisle is a good option, as an Attacking midfield/ or a "false 9" striker

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  • August 15, 2014 at 12:14
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    Thinking about it, this could just be a negotiating tactic to up his price.

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  • August 15, 2014 at 12:20
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    "Dented". But not over

    His decision will determine what can kind of person he his. Why keep the bench warm at leeds when you could be a legend at Millwall?

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  • August 15, 2014 at 12:23
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    He'd be a mug to stay there - didn't even start against us at the Den and they had 3 front me.... so that would suggest he's 4th choice before they signed Sharp!!

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  • August 15, 2014 at 12:25
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    Gutted think he could have been a good player for us but lets move on im sure Olly will have someone else in mind
    who would you like ?

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  • August 15, 2014 at 12:31
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    It's not over yet, and I am sure Oliie has a plan B if need be, getting the right man may become a bit easier if we remain undefeated over the next two games, as this may make a few targets think that we are a good option and want to join Ollie's revolution in SE16.

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  • August 15, 2014 at 12:38
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    F**k em! move on, let s look atfiv1 and 2 prospects or a. Prem loanee.

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    • August 15, 2014 at 12:55
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      @wongo: he's a good player. But i didn't think he was thick untill now.if you want to die a slow death in leeds sign the pikeys contract mug.

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  • August 15, 2014 at 13:06
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    That's alright just move on, maybe IH will now go for the Watford man

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  • August 15, 2014 at 13:38
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    There is still an outside chance he wont like the contract he is offered but the choice for many players is Money or Matches .
    I think if as a player you believe in your ability you should always choose matches as in the long run that can turn in to even more money if a bigger club come in for you

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  • August 15, 2014 at 13:50
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    Not surprising really. Leeds were always going to keep him as their fans made a fuss after McCormack was sold and said selling Smith would be the last straw.
    Now that they have something like eight strikers, the bloke won't get much of a look in and it will slowly dawn on him that he needs to be playing.
    I doubt whether he will be a Leeds player this time next year but Leeds will increase his price by giving him a long contract. Millwall need to move on and make a decent permanent purchase rather than loaning people who if they start to score will only be picked off by higher championship teams.
    The destiny of the bloke from Watford is also unclear and depends very much on the future of Deeney

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  • August 15, 2014 at 14:02
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    James Hanson the Bradford striker we were also rumoured to be interested in scored 2 last Saturday. Might go for him now?

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  • August 15, 2014 at 14:13
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    The Bradford bloke could be an option as Millwall are currently looking at players they can improve and move on at a higher price if they have to. We have spent all summer chasing Smith and have got to move on and not play around with the Leeds circus any longer.
    Our forward line is the weakest part of our team. Anyone who saw Easter perform against Wycombe for instance will see why he is not a proper Championship option

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  • August 15, 2014 at 14:30
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    Tom Pope at port vale always seems to score and still young.

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    • August 15, 2014 at 21:04
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      @LETEMCOME: I cant believe no one has snapped him up yet

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  • August 15, 2014 at 15:00
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    Hanson looks a good player and has maintained his form without his old strike partner Nakhi Wells.

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  • August 15, 2014 at 15:53
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    They want more money for him. If he signs he knows he will warm the bench and at 25 needs games. Let's see how this turns out as the money offered may not live up to assuage less fame time.

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  • August 15, 2014 at 16:19
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    Not bothered in the slightest. We can do a lot better than this Donkey.

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  • August 15, 2014 at 18:11
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    Wood still available ??

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    • August 15, 2014 at 19:21
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      @vegstandmfc: season long loan.only drawback no one likes him

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      • August 15, 2014 at 21:01
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        @Jim28: 4 clubs are after him but think if we were to sign him after a few goals all will be forgiven.

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  • August 15, 2014 at 19:42
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    Don't shoot me down cos he's an horrible @@@@ but , what's the thoughts on Jermaine Beckford ?
    On his day , an excellent Championship striker.

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    • August 15, 2014 at 19:44
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      @Block 8: ha ha can you imagine it, it's a good shout because he is a good player but can you realy see him coming down here.

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      • August 15, 2014 at 19:58
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        @Lincolnshire Lion:
        He's a Londoner but , most likely above and beyond our pay structure.
        But no , I don't really see him at our place !

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      • August 15, 2014 at 23:32
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        @mitchamscaff: not a target man though, so not a like for like replacement for Smith

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  • August 15, 2014 at 20:13
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    Best thing is not to panic. We had too many strikers last year that generally let the club down. A strong defence with clean sheets is the key in this division. I'm not saying don't get a forward in but Ollie still has time. COYL

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