The Sun is reporting today that Rangers are interested in signing Alan Smith from Newcastle for Â£5M.
Alan Smith – could be considering his future at Newcastle
Smith, 27, has failed to gain a regular place under Kevin Keegan and since he was dropped for the Birmingham game has never started a game since.
With Kevin Keegan only recently saying he had to play the same team, because of the lack of numbers at Newcastle, that doesnâ€™t say much for Alanâ€™s future prospects at the club, having only left Manchester United for first team football. And Kevin will be bringing in a crop of new players in the summer too.
Rangerâ€™s manager Walter Smith is said to be ready to offer Â£5m for Alan, and since we only paid Â£6M for him last summer that could be a good deal for the club.
However, Smith is on around Â£60K a week at the Tyneside club and that could be a stumbling block.
Since itâ€™s known that Keegan is keen on Rangerâ€™s Spanish center-back Carlos Cuellar, there is an opportunity to have a swap deal â€“ Cuellar plus Â£2M for Smith â€“ or something along those lines.
That would seem to be a good deal for Newcastle, but we think Richard Dunne is number one choice for center-back, and with Sven Eriksson almost certainly leaving City in the summer, Newcastle may be able to get Dunne to Tyneside. Richard can also buy out his contract for Â£1M, so maybe we could even get a sweet deal for him. A potential win-win situation for Newcastle and Dunne.
We donâ€™t know if Keegan wants two new center-backs in the summer, which may be overkill.
What do you think?