Newcastle may be ready to let Alan Smith go, and it’s to Everton, and Alan also spent the day in the North-West yesterday.
Â Alan Smith – Â£3M fee agreed with Everton
The Newcastle Journal is reporting today that a fee of around Â£3M has already been agreed between the two clubs.
It’s now more than interesting that Smith didn’t play at all on Wednesday against PSV Eindhoven , because of what was described as a sore ankle, and it could be the deal was agreed then, and Newcastle didn’t want to risk Smith being injured.
After the game Keegan made it clear that he did not want to let Smith go, especially as Alan has been the only fit striker we’ve had for some of the pre-season games.
David Moyes first interest in Smith, a player he has long admired, was only reported last week, and a ridiculous fee of Â£1.5M was initially mentioned, which of course was far too low.
But it seems that Everton were a lot more serious than most people thought, and they have doubled that figure, although it’s still just half of what we paid Manchester United for Smith, only a year ago.
Reports yesterday, that we published on this site, had us linked with Fulham striker David Healy, and we dare say if Keegan can get David to play like he does for Northern Ireland, he would be a good buy at just Â£1.5M.
The former Manchester United and Leeds United striker was the top scorer in qualifying for Euro 2008 for Northern Ireland, so maybe he’s a big game player, and would do a lot better with 52,000 screaming Geordies willing him on.
When all our strikers are fit, we just cannot see Alan Smith getting a game at Newcastle this season, so it’s good for the player to leave too.
Smith will go down as a failure at Newcastle if he leaves, having played in 37 games but having scored no senior goals for the club. He’s a good lad and a great professional, and if he does leave we wish the lad all the best.
As fate will have it, if he does sign for Everton – watch him score for Everton on his debiut.
While it’s not a good price at just Â£3M, we think it’s a good deal to let Smith go, because he just hasn’t done the job t Newcastle, for whatever the reason.
As long as we bring in another experienced striker to the squad, and we should be able to afford more than Â£1.5M too.
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