Mid-Day Ticker: Smith on trial in Spain, Spurs not into selling Modric and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Smith on trial in Spain, Spurs not into selling Modric and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Smith on trial in Spain, Spurs not into selling Modric and more

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Ryan Smith has resurfaced in Spain.

The speedy left winger, who left Sporting Kansas City earlier this season for unspecified family issues, is reportedly on trial with Real Zaragoza after joining the club at the start of its preseason camp. Zaragoza is managed by former Mexico coach Javier Aguirre.

There seems to be some shades of gray about Smith's contract situation, though.

According to SBI sources, Smith still is still under contract with Sporting Kansas City. Smith, however, told Sky Sports in his native England that "I'm a free agent now, so I can join any club that is interested in me, and there has been a few clubs interested so far."

Here are a few more items from around the soccer world:

SPURS NOT SELLING MODRIC

Tottenham has rejected Chelsea's latest offer for Croatian midfielder Luka Modric.

The Blues upped their bid to £27 million, but manager Harry Redknapp insists that the club won't be selling Modric, who is accompanying Tottenham for its preseason trip to South Africa for friendlies against Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

MADRID EXTENDS PEPE, RAMOS

If Real Madrid wins more silverware in the coming years, Sergio Ramos will be around to potentially drop it.

The Spanish right back who dropped the Copa del Rey signed a contract extension that will keep him at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu through 2016. He's not the only key cog in Real Madrid's defense that will be with the club for the foreseeable future, either. Portuguese centerback Pepe signed an extension with the club through 2017.

COLE SIGNS WITH STOKE

West Ham's supply of forwards continues to be depleted.

The club agreed on a transfer fee for striker Carlton Cole with Stoke City, just weeks after Demba Ba bolted to join Newcastle.

Cole joins the likes of Kenwyne Jones and Ricardo Fuller as forward options for Tony Pulis.

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What do you think about the Smith situation? Do you see Modric staying with Spurs? How crucial do you think the signings of Pepe and Ramos are for Madrid? Like the signing for Stoke City? Do you think West Ham will get promoted back to the Premier League?

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