Everton have joined the race to sign Leeds’ Alan Smith with Toffees manager David MOyes confirming the club have made a “substantial offer” for the striker.

Moyes said: “My hope is to partner Alan Smith and Wayne Rooney in my Everton team next season.”

Leeds have already turned down bids of £3.5m and £5.5m from Manchester United for Smith, but Everton’s bid is reported to be worth £7m.

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright told Everton’s website: “David and I have been discussing Alan Smith’s situation at Leeds for two weeks.

“I can confirm that in the last 24 hours we have had contact with those involved in the hope that Alan Smith might be an Everton player next season.”

Smith has already expressed his preference for a move to Manchester United and given their stated interest it seems unlikely that Everton can compete with a club of United’s resources.