Bookmakers slash odds on an Alan Smith return to Leeds United

Rumours of a controversial homecoming for Alan Smith went into overdrive today as bookmakers slashed the odds on the Newcastle United midfielder making a shock return to Leeds.

Sky Bet are pricing a return to Elland Road for Smith before the transfer window closes at 1-5, with reports other bookmakers were refusing to take any more bets on the move.

The movement in price reportedly followed a series of large bets being placed on the possible transfer and has ramped up debate among the fans on internet forums and Twitter.

Smith seemingly burnt his bridge back to Elland Road when he signed for bitter rivals Manchester United following the Whites’ relegation to the Championship in 2004.

But with boss Simon Grayson having expressed an interest in Smith and looking to add to his midfield following the release of Bradley Johnson and Neil Kilkenny, a signing which would likely split fans’ opinion looks increasingly likely.

Meanwhile, Leeds will play their first friendly of the season at Falkirk this evening with new signings Paul Rachubka and Michael Brown making their debuts.