Ignore the striker rumours

Last updated : 23 January 2004 By Martyn Elliott

The Sun claimed that we are prepared to sign Alan Smith and then loan him back to Leeds for the rest of the season, the Daily Express resurrected the Eidur Gudjohnsen rumour and the Yorkshire Evening Post ran a Michael Bridges - Andy Griffin swap story.

Sir Bobby claims though that he is more than happy with his strike options, even without Carl Cort.

"We have (Craig) Bellamy back in two-and-a-half weeks, Shola (Ameobi) was awesome on Wednesday in the reserves, we're playing (Kieron) Dyer up front with Shearer, and (Michael) Chopra got a hat-trick for the reserves," he said.

"We'd have to pay an awful lot of money to bring in a striker to better what we already have in this club, I tell you."

It may have escaped the notice of many journalists, but at the start of the month Sir Bobby said that he had no plans to make any signings during the transfer window, mainly because the money wasn’t immediately available, and he has stuck to that position ever since.

Whether or not Freddy Shepherd will miss the opportunity to move for Smith at a bargain price if Leeds do enter administration is another matter.