Wise ready for Smith fight
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Dennis Wise expects to face stiff competition in trying to bring Alan Smith back to Leeds.
Dennis Wise expects to face stiff competition in his efforts to bring Alan Smith back to Leeds United.
Smith is being allowed to leave Manchester United on a loan basis to build up his match fitness after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Cardiff City have been given permission to speak to the striker, but Smith is unsure about moving to Ninian Park.
He could now have the option of a return to Elland Road after Wise confirmed he would be interested in signing the 26-year-old.
However, the Whites boss accepts there could be several clubs who want to hand Smith the chance to hone his match sharpness.
"We'd love Alan Smith," Wise told Sky Sports News. "He's a wonderful player and if there's a possibility we could have Alan Smith - lovely.
"I think it would be a boost for the team, let alone the fans and the club.
"We're talking about a quality player here who's done it at all levels, so of course I'd love Alan Smith here.
"I'm sure there will be 20 other clubs interested in Alan Smith, maybe other teams in The Premiership would be interested in him.
"Whether or not we could get him, I don't know. We'll have to wait and see."
With Ferguson only wanting Smith to leave Old Trafford on a short-term loan, a Championship club would be the immediate option.