Brighton boss Gus Poyet has revealed he feared losing reported Norwich City transfer target Craig Mackail-Smith.

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Poyet confirmed over the weekend the Seagulls had rejected an undisclosed bid from an unamed Premier League club for the striker who struck a brace in their 3-1 Championship win at Burnley on Saturday.

“It was very close. There was a moment when you get a phone call and someone tells you – I don’t want to say who – they are going to do it and then you start to think ‘Please no’.

“There was that tension all the time. Probably at about six or seven o’clock we just decided we were not taking anything but we didn’t get the call anyway then so we didn’t have to make that decision.”

Poyet, speaking to the Brighton Argus, accepts Mackail-Smith’s scoring prowess could lead to further speculation when the window reopens in January.

“The problem is there is a value and it’s very difficult to say no, especially to players like Macca,” he said. “They want to play at the highest level so the easiest way for me as manager and the players is to get promoted together. You need to let people have the chance to play in the Premier League so it’s very difficult if they make a very, very good offer, to say no. I’m pleased that they didn’t.”

The Canaries were heavily linked with a move for Mackail-Smith but completed a season-long loan move for Tottenham striking starlet Harry Kane late on deadline night.

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17 comments

  • Even if the PA are having a 'giraffe', I'm glad we didn't stick our neck out and make him an offer. Lovely bloke, but then so's my neighbour and I wouldn't want to see him on our bench. Plus it's fun seeing all the Liverpool fans getting upset at comments that HeskeyOwen could be the dream partnership for them again as both are available ;-)

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    Johannesburg Chris

    Monday, September 3, 2012

  • Gus Poyet's happy, and I'm happy too. Too much of a gamble, just as Rhodes was too much money and a gamble to boot. Didn't realise CMS was overweight - I'll check out the weekend's championship goals, ha ha!

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    el dingo

    Monday, September 3, 2012

  • cant explain duplication except the link dropped and chrome lost the webpage

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, September 3, 2012

  • I think I agree that we're best off with our current striking options rather than hope for additions at this stage. A wise man once told me to 'Be careful what you wish for'. The Press Association are reporting that Norwich were one of three clubs who enquired around Emile Heskey last week.

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    Johannesburg Chris

    Monday, September 3, 2012

  • oh Brew,how droll ,self pity city and there was me thinking it was all about being everyone else's at fault and never the poor downtrodden scouser,[too much irony methinks]. heskey no way let him join spc

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, September 3, 2012

  • B****y H**l Timbo! Simultaneous `thinkalike`!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, September 3, 2012

  • Looks like both teams dodged a bullet.

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    JMH

    Monday, September 3, 2012

  • On top of all the other things, the picture seems to show him in the middle of a badly executed dive.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, September 3, 2012

  • Agreed MB, agreed. Was in that famous city recently, talking to a season-ticket holding taxi driver, who told me the fans don't want Rodgers, they want Rafa back. Pointed out to him that these are the same fans who wanted Dalgleish back previously? It does all appear to be going wrong there. Maybe Stan Boardman was right and we should all blame the 'Geermans'!

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    Johannesburg Chris

    Monday, September 3, 2012

  • oh Brew,how droll ,self pity city and there was me thinking it was all about being everyone else's at fault and never the poor downtrodden scouser,[too much irony methinks]. heskey no way let him join spc

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, September 3, 2012

  • Indeed JMH ! He's no spring chicken, looks overweight, is untried in the Prem + has always been over-priced. Better off with the Spurs lad.

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    Timbo

    Monday, September 3, 2012

  • Nice one, Jo`burg! Don`t think Brendan Bodgers has covered himself with glory, the way he`s handled the Carroll business. I fear for his future in self-pity city. I won`t be losing any sleep over it, though. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, September 3, 2012

  • We need an emergency striker like Mr Rodgers.does, We'll take Drogba for a season, get somebody to sponsor his wages

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    paddycanary

    Monday, September 3, 2012

  • Emile Heskey?? With no intended disrespect, that has to be a "giraaaarffe". We`d have been MUCH better off retaining the admirable Wilbraham. Or were Naaaridge looking to boost the Steward numbers?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, September 3, 2012

  • That chance came and went when it was `Dublined` out of the water last year. Let him help get Brighton into the Prem; he`s started OK this season. 10 years older than Harry Kane.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, September 3, 2012

  • You`re only overweight if you are fatter than your Doctor. Should not be an issue.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, September 3, 2012

  • I concur with the panel of Greybeards. We are done now; we have The Horse, Jacko, van Morrison and Citizen Kane. That will do for now, it looks like the "Spanish Midfield Swarm" is starting to come together with a more solid back four. Interesting to see Barney back in favour. He is good when he is on form but seems to spit the dummy and go into a sulk fairly easily. Maybe CH's softly-softly approach is what he needed. After the last McKail-Smith fiasco, I think he is best left to helping our friends the Seagulls.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, September 3, 2012

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