Leeds United are reportedly in talks with Fulham over the transfer of striker Matt Smith, as reported by Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Smith recently signed a new deal with the Elland Road side, ending speculation that he was on the cusp of a move to Millwall, but it now seems as though the former Premier League side could yet tempt him into leaving Yorkshire.
Leeds owner Massimo Cellino is a known fan of Smith, having considered him to be one of few players up to scratch at the end of last season. The deal, as it stands, still has a while to go be confirmed.
Fulham would reunite Smith with his old strike partner Ross McCormack at Craven Cottage. McCormack moved to the London side for £11 million earlier this summer.
The duo plundered a sensational tally of goals together in the Championship last season, with Smith scoring 12 and McCormack putting away 29, and were clearly an effective partnership that another club might hope to put together again.
Matt Smith, who scored 12 goals in the Championship last season, has reportedly signed a new contract with Leeds United, as reported by Thom Kirwin of LUTV, the club’s in-house media channel.
Smith arrived on a free transfer from Oldham and impressed significantly in tandem with Ross McCormack last season. Early expectations were confounded as the 6 foot 6 striker went on to become a key part of the Leeds side, working well as the Elland Road club pushed for a play-off place in the first half of the season.
As the side started struggling after the new year, Smith continued to play well, emerging from the struggles as one of few players with any credit.
There were concerns that he would move on from Leeds this summer, with Championship rivals Millwall sniffing around and making an offer for his services. His existing contract was set to expire at the end of the coming season.
Leeds United are to offer Matt Smith a new contract after talks between the club and the player yesterday, as reported by Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Smith became a key player last season after joining the club on a free transfer from Oldham last summer. He signed an initial two year deal, a time span representing the fact that he was something of a risk for the Elland Road club.
His improvement last season was immense, and he finished the year as the club’s second top scorer, with 12 goals to his name in the Championship. His goal against Derby County on the last day of the season symbolised his improvement, as he swept home a sweet finish after a deft touch allowed him to beat the defender.
Leeds looked far better with Smith returned to the starting lineup against Accrington Stanley in the League Cup on Tuesday night. His introduction from the substitute’s bench against Millwall also improved the team’s display in the second half.