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The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO RESULTS - By Neil Fissler

WOLVES boss Dean Saun­ders wants to land Leeds striker Luke Var­ney in the sum­mer.

Saun­ders was keen to take him to the Black Coun­try in Jan­uary un­til the end of the sea­son but Var­ney turned the move down flat.

The former Wales striker isn’t go­ing to take no for an­swer how­ever and will make an­other move for Var­ney at the end of the sea­son.

Saun­ders is plan­ning an ex­ten­sive re­build­ing pro­gramme of his squad and Var­ney is at the top of his wanted list.

The 30-year-old has played for seven clubs since Crewe plucked him out of non-league foot­ball with Quorn a decade ago.

Var­ney scored his only league goal for Leeds this sea­son in the 2-2 draw at Wolves in Fe­bru­ary.

Mean­while also on Saun­ders’ shop­ping list is Black­pool de­fender Alex Bap­tiste, who was also a tar­get of Black­burn Rovers be­fore Michael Ap­ple­ton was sacked and Leicester.

Saun­ders has also got his eye on West ham United winger Robert Hall af­ter miss­ing out to Bolton Wan­der­ers be­fore the loan win­dow closed. SPURS are keep­ing tabs on Sh­effield Wed­nes­day right­back Hay­den White who has caught the eye for the Owls devel­op­ment teams this sea­son.

The 17-year-old has also been mon­i­tored by Wi­gan Ath­letic af­ter he im­pressed against them. BOLTON are set to launch a sum­mer bid to land Old­ham’s FA Cup hero Matt Smith this sum­mer.

The 23-year-old former Chel­tenham trainee was signed from non-league Soli­hull Moors by the Lat­ics two years ago.

And the 6ft 6ins striker scored against Mersey­side giants Ever­ton in this sea­sons com­pe­ti­tion to catch the eye of watch­ing scouts.

Smith joined Old­ham af­ter study­ing at Manch­ester Univer­sity and is yet to sign a new deal to keep him at the League One out­fit.

Bolton boss Dougie Freed­man has al­ready had him watched a num­ber of times and is ex­pected to make a move this sum­mer as he hunts for a re­place­ment for long-serv­ing tar­get­man Kevin Davies.

But they are likely to face com­pe­ti­tion with Stoke and Celtic hav­ing scouts check him out re­cently at Boundary Park.

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