Sir Bobby in the dark about Smith reports

Last updated : 15 January 2004 By Martyn Elliott

The England star has long been linked with a move to Newcastle and with the financial situation at Elland Road seemingly on the verge of reaching crisis point, speculation about his future continues to grow.

However, if any move has already been made then Sir Bobby doesn’t know about it - although that isn’t to say he wouldn’t welcome the signing of Smith.

"All I can tell you is that I don't know anything about that,” said the manager.

''I do know we have Bellamy looking really good and on the evidence of what I saw today, he could be back in the team in three weeks, certainly four.

"Shola will be fit in a week's time, Dyer has done very well for us, Alan has done very well for us, and we still have Carl Cort and LuaLua flew off to the Congo yesterday."

It may not have happened yet, but it would be a surprise if Freddy Shepherd didn’t make a move for Smith if Leeds finally do go into administration, as seems likely, next week.