Rumour mill - Craig Mackail Smith saga could be nearing an end

Could it be that the Craig Mackail Smith 'saga' is coming to an end?

As always it depends on what and who you believe, but given Peterborough United's director of football Barry Fry was talking up West Ham United's interest in the Scotland striker, it would not be much of a leap to take in the Daily Star's effort yesterday.

The red top suggests the Hammers will pip Norwich City to Mackail Smith's signature, with the aid of a �3m bid on the table. That said, it may be stretching the point to say the player will 'reject' Norwich and the Premier League for Upton Park – given City have already signed two strikers during the summer.

Apparently new United boss Sam Allardyce is 'convinced' Mackail-Smith will be his player come August.

A little nugget from the Press Association did not pass undetected either. Along with Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp revealing City's interest in England Under-21 international Stephen Caulker not so long ago, PA also suggest the Canaries are 'monitoring' West Ham's veteran centre-back Matthew Upson.

Upson, of course, was brought up in Diss – so it's hard not to treat the link as simply a bit of primary school geography.

'What – no mention of Robert Snodgrass?' I hear you cry. Well, apparently Newcastle United could be a contender for his signature – but Norwich are still keen too. Apparently.