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Reading withdraw from Smithy race

Watford`s highly likeable chairman Jimmy Russo has revealed that right royal shower at Reading have withdrawn from the race to sign Tommy Smith despite being oh so close to land 'Superman` - and it`s just a meagre 200k appearance based add-on that`s the deal breaker.

The Hornets head honcho has indicated that Brendan Who? and the tight fisted Berks at the Madjeski Stadium have informed Watford that they`ve moved on to 'other targets` after a take or leave it bid was er, 'l eft` by the Vicarage Road board.

Speaking through a rather strong statement on the 'fficial sit, lil Jimmy Russo confirmed "I was told on Friday by a Reading representative that Sir John Madejski has withdrawn Reading from the race to sign Tommy...We don`t know why Reading have withdrawn their interest. The asking price was fair..."

Presumably with raised eyebrows, Russo admitted his "surprise" at the right royal stance over a 200k payment based upon appearances, that is "a clause that is commonplace in transfers today" and even suggested that Reading had the cash but just wouldn`t spend it - a statement that should worry all Royals fans.

Then showing the pride and passion you`d expect of Braveheart Watford boss, Malky Mackay, Russo ranted >"We cannot let other clubs take advantage because they feel they can exploit the financial position..."

Aye. You can take our disloyal boss but
you`ll never take our Smudger (on the cheap)!!!

Here at VitalWatford Towers we can`t help but think this isn`t the last we`ll hear from Reading on Smithy and even the Hornets board left the door slightly ajar, hinting "It`s up to the Reading chairman now."

Still, with a final take it or leave it offer refused and now a statement of withdrawal, it would take a major backtrack from Brendan Who? and his team for this to happen - but as we know, Mr Rodgers isn`t afraid to suddenly change his mind when it comes to his principles!




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Writer: Dr Watford Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 23 2009

Time: 6:15PM

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It sounds a bit like "call my bluff" who will crack first? some how i think Reading will be back!
ANDY710
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24/08/2009 13:55:00

If only........
RFB-gloryhornetboys
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24/08/2009 15:30:00

So it turns out that everything that happened yesterday is a lie. Smith passes a medical and if off to Reading tomorrow. Crap =|
PatMacWatford
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24/08/2009 20:34:00

Hey Patmac, where's the lie? Maybe Reading did pull out of the deal! Russo going public was an obvious ploy to either embarass Reading and anger their fans. In which case it worked, maybe reading came in with what WFC wanted. He was going mate, the chairman had told us that, it was just a case of who he was going to. now let's see if MM is given any of the money to buy anyone else. keep the faith
ANDY710
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25/08/2009 12:21:00

Fair enough, I suppose you're right. Let's look towards the future! Cleverly, can he fill the empty gap Smith will leave ****il January atleast)? Bob Hoskins, can he make a name for himself?
PatMacWatford
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25/08/2009 12:40:00

 

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