ADRIAN Heath is targeting Newcastle United midfielder Alan Smith to spearhead Orlando City’s exciting plans for the future.
The Citrus Bowl outfit are looking to become part of the Major League Soccer expansion which is growing by the year in the United States.
And former Sunderland coach Heath sees Smith as the ideal man to help put the USL Professional Division side on the map.
However, Heath (pictured below) admits he may have to play the waiting game.
Smith’s contract is up at United at the end of the season and he has been told the club aren’t likely to give him another one.
Smith admitted, while talking to the local media in Orlando, of his admiration for the sunshine state.
Heath told The Journal: “I’d love to take Alan over here at some point.
“We have spoken a couple of times so far and it seems at the moment he wants to sit out the last year of his contract at Newcastle. So I may have to wait but if anything changes, he can come to Orlando whenever he wants.
“I know he likes it here and I’d love to sign him.”
Heath’s former club, Everton, finished their own two-game US tour with a 3-1 success over DC United.
David Moyes’ side lost their opener 1-0 against Philadelphia Union on Wednesday.
In their final game, they were on course for victory once Victor Anichebe and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov netted inside 16 minutes.
Chris Pontius pulled a goal back for the hosts but substitute Magaye Gueye sealed a deserved win late on when he latched onto an assist from Jermaine Beckford.