Newcastle United today signed England International Alan Smith from Manchester United for an undisclosed fee. The fee has been estimated in the press at â‚¤6M.
Smith, who is 26 years old, agreed a five-year contract with Newcastle and is expected to make his debut in Sunday’s friendly against Sampdoria at St James’ Park.
Although Smith is generally a striker it looks like Sam will use Alan in midfield because we already have six good strikers at the club. We expectÂ this was discussed with Alan and he’s fineÂ with that.
Alan Smith – Newcastle’s new midfielder
Yes – we’ve now ordered his new shirt – he’ll wear it on Sunday – compliments to reader RichardÂ CollinsÂ
As we had said earlier Newcastle were after Alan back in 2004 when he was available from Leeds â€“ and we actually have now landed him â€“ good news for the Newcastle faithful today.
This is what Alan had to say to Newcastle World today:
â€œThere was a lot of speculation linking me with a lot of other clubs and I think there were about 10 teams in for me.â€
â€œBut once I knew Newcastle were interested and I spoke to Sam Allardyce I knew straight away I wanted to come here.â€
â€œHe’s a manager who gets the very best out of his players and I’m sure we’ll see the best of Alan Smith at Newcastle.â€
â€œSam told me of his plans for the club and there’s massive potential here and the manager is determined to succeed.â€
â€œI want to be part of that and I’m delighted to be here. I’m raring to go, there are some great players at the club and hopefully we can gel as a team this season.â€
Alan will be a good replacement for Dyer because for one thing – he really wants to be here and it was never clearÂ that Kieron ever did.
Smith is Sam’s fifth signing of the summer and he has now brought in the following players:
BartonÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â‚¤5.8M
VidukaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â free
GeremiÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â free
RozehnalÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â‚¤2.9M
SmithÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â‚¤6M
Sam has now brought inÂ five goodÂ players for a total cost of only â‚¤14.7M andÂ has brought in â‚¤13M to the coffers with the sale of Parker and Dyer. This has to be theÂ best pre-season transfer business by any Newcastle manager for a long long time – and believe me more players will soon be arriving.
SmithÂ didn’t enjoy a very happy time at Manchester after joining them in a Â£7M deal in 2004 from relegated Leeds United. He scored five goals in his first seven games but then the goals seemed to dry up and he was more often than not deployed in midfield â€“ which is whereÂ Newcastle will use him.
Smith badly broke his leg in the FA Cup tie at Liverpool in February 2006 which saw him out for the rest of that season. He appeared 93Â times for United in his three years at Old Trafford, scoring 12 goals. While at Leeds whom he joined at the age of 16Â he played 172 games from 1998-2004 and scored 38 goals. We feel he is a similar player to Eidur Gudjohnsen and would be surprised if we also end up signing Eider from Barcelona.
Smith of course will be joining his former Leeds team-mates Mark Viduka and James Milner now at Newcastle – and that’s good because he has already played with them,Â which will be a help.
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