Leeds United striker Alan Smith has made the announcement that many Elland Road supporters hoped would never come and admitted that he would consider playing for bitter rivals Manchester United.

Smith, a lifelong Leeds supporter, has made no secret of the fact that he will leave the Yorkshire side in the summer following the club's relegation from the Premiership.

Many believed that, given his cult hero status at Leeds, a move to Old Trafford would be out of the question. However, Smith insists the chance to join a big club such as the Red Devils would be one that he could not pass up.

The striker said: "You can't rule out anything. People always say that Leeds United and Man United are big rivals but next year we are not even going to be in the same division so it's not even a rivalry.

"I'm not saying I want to walk out of here and go to Man United, but they're a massive club. If you said the same thing to me about Valencia or Juventus, I'd tell you the same answer.

"At this stage of my career, if I want to win trophies and I want to do well, then I've got to move on. If I were 32 I'd stay here, it's as simple as that. But I'm not, I'm 23, I've got a lot of football in me and I'm an ambitious person," he added.

The last high profile player to make the move from Elland Road to Old Trafford was Eric Cantona and, with United manager Alex Ferguson known to be an admirer of Smith, a summer switch is very much a possibility.

Filed by Rob Wright