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Leeds ready to sign Oldham striker Smith on two year deal.

Matthew Lewis

Leeds United have put a deal in place to sign Matt Smith from Oldham Athletic.

The 24-year-old striker's contract will run out and on July 1 he'll leave Boundary Park to officially join the Whites on a two year deal.

Smith netted 14 times for Oldham after his impressive form with Solihull Moors earned him a move back to the Football League in 2011, and he was pursued by a number of clubs until Brian McDermott secured his signature.

As the official Leeds site highlights, Smith shot to prominence during Athletic's impressive run in the FA Cup last season when they reached the fifth round.

He scored goals against both Merseyside clubs as Oldham beat Liverpool and forced Everton into a replay at Goodison Park.

Since Ross McCormack failed to put together a good run of form last season due to a lack of playing time, bad team selection and non-existent tactics, and Steve Morison turned out to be an unmotivated replacement for Luciano Becchio, the addition of a new striker is a good show of ambition from McDermott and the club.

Hopefully Smith with bring with him a bag-full of goals and force McCormack and Morison to raise their game this season, and hopefully McDermott moves on to sign some much-needed midfielders.