Milne Aware of US Interest in Smith But No Decision Made
Saturday, 13th Jan 2018 20:49
MD Ian Milne says he’s aware of interest in Blues defender Tommy Smith from "an American team", but says no decision has been made on the New Zealand international’s future. Last weekend, TWTD revealed that the Colorado Rapids, who are managed by Smith’s All Whites boss Anthony Hudson, were targeting the 27-year-old.
Quizzed on BBC Radio Suffolk’s Life’s a Pitch (from 1hr 17mins 42secs), Milne said: “I’m aware there’s interest from an American team. We all love Tommy very much personally and as a player.
“It’s a case of where he wants to be as well, how fit he is and all the rest of it. He’s been playing very well. So there’s no decision been made on him.”
Smith was withdrawn from the squad which faced Sheffield United in the FA Cup last weekend due to illness and missed today’s 1-0 victory over Leeds for the same reason.
Reports in the US indicate that the Rapids are looking to sign two centre-halves before their season gets under way next month.
Meanwhile, Milne says he knows of no interest in Blues striker David McGoldrick, whose contract is up at the end of the season with Town having no option to keep the Ireland international for a further campaign.
Cardiff City, who we understand were again represented at today’s match, and Birmingham City were both linked earlier this month.
“There’s nothing going on there, as far as I’m aware,” Milne added when asked about the situation.
Asked whether there have been any talks with McGoldrick regarding a new deal, he said: “That I don’t know. Again it’s going to be between Mick [McCarthy] and [owner] Marcus [Evans]. It’s a case of what the strategy is going forward.
“We’ve got him until the end of the season and that discussion’s going to happen over the next [few months].”
Also appearing on today's Life's a Pitch was Blues right-back Jordan Spence (from 1hr 10mins 25secs).
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