Brighton sign Craig Mackail-Smith

04 July 2011 04:06
ShareBrighton have won the race to sign Peterborough's Craig Mackail-Smith for a fee which could rise to ?3.25million.[LNB] Leicester appeared favourites to capture the sought-after striker, who has signed a four-year deal, while West Ham also had a bid accepted by Peterborough for the 27-year-old. [LNB] But the Seagulls have underlined their intentions for the forthcoming npower Championship campaign by beating the duo to Mackail-Smith's signature. [LNB] On the move: Brighton have signed Mackail-Smith[LNB] Mackail-Smith started out at Dagenham & Redbridge and moved to Peterborough for an undisclosed fee in January 2007. [LNB]He scored 99 goals for Posh during his four-and-a-half-year stay, including one in the 3-0 play-off final win over Huddersfield at Old Trafford in May. [LNB]Poyet believes the capture of Mackail-Smith 'shows we want to go places'.[LNB]He told the club's official website: 'Some thought it was a done deal that he would be heading elsewhere, butwe got the player which is good, as it shows that we want to go places,to do better.[LNB] Seaside adventure: Mackail-Smith rejected a move to West Ham and snubbed Leicester in favour of Brighton[LNB]'A signing like that can only help us as we try to bring more players in.[LNB]'He's a player that we can build our team around, which is why I was so keen to bring him here, and one of the most pleasing aspects for me is that we have signed him despite interest from some other big, big teams.[LNB]'When I first sat down with the chairman, Craig was at the top of my list, our number one target, so I'm absolutely delighted to have signed him.'[LNB]  Sven spends big in quest to join the elite, with England pair first on the list for LeicesterNorwich set to beat Everton, Wigan and QPR to ?3m hotshot Mackail-Smith [LNB] [LNB]  Explore more:People: Craig Mackail-Smith

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