Everton enter race for Smith

Last updated at 14:18 20 May 2004

Everton today confirmed they intend to make a "substantial offer" for Leeds striker Alan Smith.

The relegated Yorkshire club this week revealed they had turned down two bids of £3.5million and then £5.5million from Manchester United for the 23-year-old, while Birmingham and Middlesbrough have also shown interest.

Smith's preferred destination is believed to be Old Trafford.

But Everton manager David Moyes today told www.evertonfc.com: "I can confirm that we are making a substantial offer for Alan Smith."

Leeds' director Peter Lorimer had earlier claimed the bid would be worth £7million, although a spokesman for the club later said no such bid had been received as yet.

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