Mackail-Smith saga twists towards Foxes

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The Craig Mackail-Smith transfer saga appears to be heading towards a conclusion, with Leicester City now firm favourites to land the coveted striker.

A host of Barclays Premier League and Npower Championship clubs have been chasing the £3 million-rated forward, with the player rejecting an offer from both QPR and Norwich City to join the top flight, according to Posh director of football Barry Fry.

Whilst the Canaries rejected the claims, interest has been undeniable in the 35-goal hitman, and whilst both Brighton and West Ham are chasing the player, the Walkers Stadium now appears the most likely destination.

"I would expect him to sign for Leicester on Friday," Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

"Brighton came to the table with a strong offer but it wasn't anywhere near as strong as Leicester. West Ham made a very serious enquiry, I believe they're still very interested."

However, the property tycoon believe a deal to the division's big-spenders will be completed if the player gets on with the Foxes boss.

"I presume if Sven gets on with Craig he'll be a Leicester City player on Friday."


Darren Ferguson has also spoken on the situation, confirming that negotiations between QPR and the player broke down, but that a move to Leicester could still satisfy the Scotland international's ambitions of playing in the Barclays Premier League.

"He spoke to QPR and the rest of it, I actually don't know what went on," said Ferguson.

"Listen, Leicester are a big club and they're having a right go, they're spending some serious money and you'd expect them to be challenging next season.

"If Craig feels it's the right move for him we wish him all the best."

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