Rodgers aims to keep Smith

14 December 2008 05:25
Watford manager Brendan Rodgers is hoping he can keep hold of Tommy Smith amid reported interest in the striker from Premier League clubs. Smith's penalty opened the scoring for the Hornets during Saturday's 2-1 victory over Coventry City. The club's 12-goal top-scorer has been linked with a move to Stoke City but Rodgers is desperate to keep the in-form forward at Vicarage Road. However, the newly-installed manager has conceded his hands might be tied should the Championship club receive an offer that is too good to refuse. "We are like any club who have assets," he admitted. "One of those is Tommy Smith and I can categorically say that I don't want him to leave. "But in the climate we face, I cannot say he will definitely stay because a big-money offer could come in and he could double his money elsewhere."

Source: ESA