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Sir Alex Ferguson tried to sign me, but I'd already decided to join Arsenal, says Alan Smith

Even back then, that felt like a big thing. The Manchester United manager calling this house? That was one to tell the grandkids, whatever happened from here.

Mind you, it wasn’t difficult putting two and two together. As a Leicester City striker scoring goals in the top flight, I was attracting a fair bit of interest from the big clubs. Not only that, Leicester had recently crossed swords with Ferguson’s new team, going down 2-0 at Old Trafford five days before the Christmas of 1986.

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