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Football League

Striker Keogh is backed at Leeds as Blackpool look for more firepower


Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has backed striker Andy Keogh to make a positive impact back at Leeds.

Keogh, 25, who began his career at Elland Road as a trainee, yesterday joined on loan until January and went straight into Leeds' squad for tonight's home clash with Hull.

McCarthy believes a familiar environment will bring out the best in the Republic of Ireland international, who left Elland Road for Scunthorpe for £50,000 in February 2005 after playing just one game for the club.

McCarthy told the Express & Star: "Andy has done terrifically well for me and he's had a good pre-season and I think he'll do well for them. He's a good Championship player. I'm delighted for him because he's gone to a great club. He started his career there, so it's gone full circle for him."

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway is looking to increase his strike firepower before the transfer window closes. With DJ Campbell, Charlie Adam, Marlon Harewood, Luke Varney and Jason Puncheon all leaving Bloomfield Road this summer, Holloway is aware that despite recruiting Kevin Phillips, his attacking options need to be strengthened.

Holloway told the Blackpool Gazette: "The biggest worry I've got is goals. We're an attack-minded team and if we don't take some chances that we create, then we'll struggle. I've lost an awful lot of pace with DJ and Luke Varney going and we've lost a bit of trickery with Jason Puncheon, who I thought I could get back and that hasn't happened."

Tottenham defender Adam Smith has joined MK Dons on loan until the end of the season. The 20-year-old spent last season on loan at Bournemouth.

Dons manager Karl Robinson told the club's website: "Adam is a young full-back who adds strength and quality to our side. He has already proven he can cope at this level and possibly should be even playing in the Championship. We're very fortunate to have acquired his services."