Middlesbrough are reported to be interested in Newcastleâ€™s Alan Smith, and will try to lure him from St Jamesâ€™ Park in the summer.
Alan Smith – could be on way to Teesside
Thatâ€™s the news this morning being reported in the Evening Chronicle, and it seems that Gareth Southgate has now joined the queue behind Rangers manager Walter Smith for the former England international.
Itâ€™s interesting that Southgate, Kevin Keegan and Newcastleâ€™s Mike Ashley and Chris Mort were at the Sir Bobby Robson charity dinner at St Jamesâ€™ Park on Friday night, and could well have discussed the deal, after one or two drinks maybe.
People at the event report that Newcastleâ€™s Chairman was in a long conversation with Sunderland Chairman Niall Quinn, and Mike Ashley had a long discussion with Southgate.
It turns out Southgate has been a big admirer of Smith for some time, and it may even be a good deal for Smith, because he is unlikely now to be able to command a starting position at the Tyneside club. He left Man United to play more football and since Big Sam left he saw very little of that.
Southgate was one manager who attempted to get Alan Smith 12 months ago from Manchester United, and it would seem to us it may be a good deal for both clubs.
Every manager he has ever played for has complimented Smith on his attitude, and while he has come in for some criticism from our fans, some of it was probably over the top, because of another frustrating season.
Our criticism of Alan has been leveled at his playing performances and and mainly his inability to score goals, but we know he’s a very good lad and a great team player.
If we can recuperate the Â£6M we paid for him from Man United, that would be a good deal, and Kevin would be armed with extra cash to go after a replacement.
We do expect Smith to leave Newcastle in the summer, even though he has already said he doesnâ€™t want to go.
What do you think?
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