Newcastle are said to be interested in taking Alan Smith from Manchester United for a fee of Â£3.5M â€“ we didn’t even think Big Sam was after Smith – but it looks like the deal may already be tied up.Â Â Â 😀
The Mirror is reporting not just that we are interested in Smith but that we have won the race to sign him – after Alan openly expressed his surprise at not being offered a new contract by Manchester.
It is also being reported that Newcastle tried to get both Wes Brown and Mikael Sivestre as part of a three player deal but were not successful. Both defenders would have been good buys if only for their vast experience gained at Manchester.
Newcastle of course tried to sign Alan before when he moved from Leeds to Manchester in 2004 – but he preferred Manchester â€“ and went in a Â£7M move. He has had mixed fortunes there and has made only 61 appearances for the Reds scoring 7 goals. He has been out injured and on the bench for most of the time. When he has played he’s looked good and a player of his caliber should be getting more games than he has at Manchester.
Despite his reluctance to leave United – Smith has been assured of regular football at Newcastle under Allardyce, something he did not and will not get at Old Trafford. Alan is also said to be looking forward to the challenge at Newcastle to prove he can get back to the level he was at before breaking his leg at Liverpool in February 2006. Multiple Premiership clubs including Tottenham and Aston Villa made clear their interest in signing Smith but the Mirror says this morning Newcastle have won the race.
We don’t know if this report is true â€“ but if it is we think it’s a nice piece of business by Newcastle â€“ Smith is a good player and versatile in that he can play midfield or striker. Also if it is true this is the way to conduct transfer business – nobody knows about it until you announce the deal. He played 172 times for Leeds United scoring 38 goals and 18 times for England scoring 2 goals. We hope this one happens – especially since the Rozehnal deal is up in the air – with Sevilla reported to be interested.