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Coventry City to make third Michael Smith bid?

IMAGE: Swindon Town Football Club

IMAGE: Swindon Town Football Club

Coventry City are reportedly lining up a third offer for Swindon Town striker Michael Smith ahead of tonight’s 11pm transfer deadline.

City have already had two approaches for Smith’s services rejected by The Robins in this window, but are hopeful of beating the deadline with a third offer.

Earlier this month Swindon Chairman, Lee Power, revealed City had made two approaches but they “weren’t what we needed. They [goalscorers] are very hard to find so it would have to be a silly offer for us to listen.”

Smith, 22, was named in The Robin’s starting lineup against the Sky Blues on Saturday, but was replaced just before kick off by Conor Waldon after suffering a reoccurrence of the injury which had threatened to rule him out of the clash beforehand.

The 6 foot 4 target man would be seen as a direct replacement for Leon Clarke who left the club to rejoin Wolves in January, as well as providing stiff competition for new recruits Josh McQuoid, Marcus Tudgay and Simeon Jackson.

Despite only joining Swindon for an undisclosed fee, believed to be an initial £100,000 from Charlton, in January, Smith finished the 2013/2014 season with 12 goals in 22 appearances for Mark Cooper’s side.

Swindon today completed the signing of striker John Obika from Tottenham, but have insisted he has been bought in to play alongside Smith, rather than as his replacement.

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