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Wanted Blues ace Smyth in no hurry for cross channel move

By Graham Luney

Linfield's teenage sensation Paul Smyth says he's not listening to transfer talk and it won't stop him weaving his magic at Windsor Park.

Several cross-channel clubs including Everton, Newcastle United, Sunderland, Birmingham City and Sheffield United are closely monitoring the 19-year-old's progress while a bid of around £60,000 from League Two side Crawley Town has been rejected by the Blues' board.

Boss David Healy knows Smyth, who turns 20 next month, has the qualities to prosper in the professional game but the timing isn't right for an exit with his star striker Andy Waterworth sidelined by a knee injury.

The winger, whose Linfield contract runs until May, 2019 wants to test himself at a higher level but he insists the transfer speculation will not affect his progress at the club.

"I'm just focusing on Linfield," said Smyth who netted in the 3-1 Charity Shield win over Coleraine on Saturday.

"I don't really care about what's going on behind the scenes.

"I just want to get on with my game and try to play well. We will see what happens after that but I'm a Linfield player and always will be until something does happen.

"At the minute, nothing has developed so I'll keep on playing for the club."

Healy has indicated that Smyth is "going nowhere" and he's on the lookout for a new frontman.

Smyth is thriving under the pressure at Linfield, adding: "You want to feel that pressure as you need to prove yourself. I'll keep a calm head and work hard."

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