Alan Smith May Be On His Way To Everton


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.

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 Alan Smith – £3M fee agreed with Everton

The Newcastle Journal is reporting today that a fee of around £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 £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 £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 £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 £1.5M too.

Comments very welcome.



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156 comments so far

  • davey

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #1

    thank god. good grafter but ne end product

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  • Matt Lacey

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #2

    Best of luck to him if he goes, but he’s a headless chicken on the pitch and every time he plays I can’t help but feel that he’s just going to give away a free kick in a dangerous area. That, and he never looks like scoring.

    Sorry Alan

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  • Bob

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #3

    According to SSN, Arshavin has agreed terms with Spurs.

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  • beessi-kosovo

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #4

    ciao alan

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  • Chris F

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #5

    makes me laugh, the press saying we’d be striker-less if we sold him.

    we’re strikerless with him! if moyes is mad enough to take him then i say take his money and run.

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #6

    Smithy do you need a hand packing son ? lol thanks for trying but time to move on !!! 😀

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #7

    Bob, thats to throw everyone off the scent, he is signing for us really !!!! lol – I wish 🙂

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  • Aussie Dave

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #8

    3m is a good price! he is on 60k a week as well, as long as the money is spent on a quality replacement then I am happy for him to leave.

    His goal scoring record was dismal.

    If someone told him to get his head in the game and stop running around like a headless chook, he may have been a good player, when he was young he actually had good technique. Shame.

    I do like the lad, as he always gave 100% best of luck if you do move, if not bag a few for the toon.

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  • toon1978

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #9

    Ashley wants us to push for a top 4 finish, what planet is this bloke living on. Signings of the calibre of Healy will not get us in the top 4 AND we have a paper thin squad which will not get us in the top four hense the reason for spending big money Mr Ashley. You are living in a dream world.

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  • ALEX, the Israeli toon

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #10

    “a ridiculous fee of £1.5M” – that would be enough for me, i am just happy someone is ready to take on his wages… against PSV with no strikers we seemed better…

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  • Tom

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #11

    I’d give him away on a free if it meant getting him and his 12 million of wages away from our club!

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  • clarke_19_rangers

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #12

    All i have to say is: why did we buy him in the first place???
    i feel sorry for everton
    Nufc v Valencia:
    “There only one Bobby Robson
    There only one Bobby Robson
    Walking along, Singing a song
    Walking in a robson wonderland”

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  • beessi-kosovo

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #13

    i will pay taxi

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  • Sydney, Australia

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #14

    anyone else thinkin time to release the champagne bottle

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  • nufc 4 life

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #15

    I wouldn’t sell Alan if Joey Barton gets a second chance the so should smithy. But if Alan does go we would need to bring in another striker and at 1.5 Healy would be perfect

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  • king kev

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #16

    Mike Ashley is crazy top 4 with our squad we will be lucky to make the top ten and why are we arsing about with coloccini just hurry up and sign him the lad clearly wants to come.

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  • craig chisholm

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #17

    at last something to cheer about – smith going. we have to look at the bigger picture though, keegan has only just said he does not want him to go – now he is going. its also another body less with our anorexic team. so this is a double sided coin with smithy going, its all well and good getting rid of the crap but we are not replacing him with anyone at all or at least not with quality. and then you have ashley all over the news etc saying he expects us to be pushing for top four – what planet is this man on?! still, all the same, bye smithy, ha ha. i just hope it doesnt mean KK going too – there is only so many times that KK is going to let ashley and wise treat him like a kid who’s not important. ANyone heard from our chairman since the day he joined??

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  • antz

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #18

    i dont think healy would be a bad signing at 1.5m remember when we bought gallacher from blackburn, or sibierski from city? they didnt do bad jobs, and certainly no worse than alan friggin smith!!

    how much in fees and wages did we waste on kluivert, cort and guivarch?

    i rest my case :-):-)

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  • 9 Shearer

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #19

    Guys stops talking about Spurs they are no match for us evenif they bring kaka. this is NUFC blog.

    Coloccini is here so that is done http://www.goal.com/en/Articolo.aspx?ContenutoId=809600, Smith is going everything is getting better now then Ameobi and i will b a happy man.

    We are not getting midfielder so Moutinho is out. We will Cuellar, Ilunga and Derdeyok.

    ………………………..Given………………………….
    Beye…………Cuellar……….Coloccini…..Ilunga
    …………………………..Butt…………………………..
    Gutierezz………………………………………….Duff
    ………………………….Milner…………………………
    …………………Owen………….Martins……………..

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  • LEEROY

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #20

    HEALY OVER SMITH ANY DAY OF THE WEEK FAR LESS WAGES FOR A START WOULDNT BE A BAD BACK UP STRIKER AT ALL.

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #21

    craig Chisholm – ashley has done an 8 page interview which will be in the new NUFC mag available tomorrow

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  • andytoon25

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #22

    i dont mind if smith leaves so long as we dont sign healy, ashley might want to tighten the wages but he should look around the premier league and who is spending what, we need quality players and not second rate fulham players who wont get in the squad coz of andy johnson and bobby zamora, peter crouch would have been perfest alongside owen and he has proven he can do it at top level.

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  • Flan

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #23

    We’ll be in as bad as a position as we were if we replace him with Healy imo.

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  • ourman

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #24

    Can we stop repeating these media myths

    Alan Smith is not:

    A) A great professional. What is professional about being a striker who doesn’t score goals? Okay so he doesn’t whinge but stick me on £60,000 a week and I wouldn’t either. The fact that he doesn’t moan is hardly a reason to keep him. Give me a gobby wanker with a bit of skill any day.

    B) A hard worker. He is the laziest player I have ever seen. Wherever he plays he does the same thing – trots around in a 3 metre radius. I keep reading that whenever he plays up front he doesn’t score but he works hard. Not true and Duff showed that up on Wednesday. Duff is hardly the most mobile but was 500% more effective than Smith. Smith does not work the defence at all. He doesn’t chase defenders, he doesn’t make runs, he doesn’t try to get on the end of passes.

    The myth that he works hard sf from all the yellow cards he gives away. Normally these are not tackles – he never arrives in time to make a tackle – they’re clipping the heels of someone when the ball has gone.

    I’d love to know how many goals we have conceded as a result of Smith fouls.

    I don’t believe he has physically lost it. If that was true then he’d be making runs and they wouldn’t be quite quick enough, or he’d be competing and not having the strength. Truth is he is just not involved which suggests he has lost his bottle. I will be amazed if he achieves anything at Everton.

    I can honestly say he is not good enough for Championship standards.

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  • Spain Steve

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #25

    Shift Smithy, but sign a decent striker.
    Think I may have some info about the mystery guy from Boavista. Mate of mine, ‘Portuguese Pete’ recons it this guy…. http://www.zerozero.pt/br/jogador.php?id=34542
    Looks a bit lightweight to me.

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  • NANDO

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #26

    shame. newcastle legend imo.

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  • Will

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #27

    Puts all his heart and sole into but doesn’t have any sort of end product as either a midfielder or a striker. Not sad to see him go really, apart from another senior leaving the the cub.

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  • antz

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #28

    is big willie that (alegedly) dodgy agent? mr mackay!!

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #29

    antz – lol 🙂 lets hope not !!!!

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  • Lamesley Mag

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #30

    If Smith leaves, expect Shola to stay; well at least through the January transfer window. Hopefully someone will buy him off us then!

    Healy can be a decent squad player at a fraction of what we are paying Smith, so not all bad news if true.

    I prefer we spend the money on a young upcoming player but need more players as the squad is to small…..

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  • geordie in taipei

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #31

    i hope and pray this is true. Go smith go , and by go , i mean LEAVE

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  • MMNUFC

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #32

    If he has been sold without the managers consent there will be hell on..Keegan has to have the final say. His team, His squad and his responsibility if we do not perform thats how he would want it.

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  • si942

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #33

    Last Friday KK said there would be a new signing in the next 24hours a week later still no new signing what is going on

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  • antz

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #34

    i know ameobi isnt the best but playing a league match and u need to bring a sub on while winning 1-0 and ur choices are smith or ameobi i know who i’d rather bring on!

    how many yellow cards did ameobi get compared to smith? hmmmm

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  • Flan

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #35
  • Mal

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #36

    I’m not at all sure this will happen. There’s no way everton will pay him £60k a week so why should he go to take a big drop in wages? Would you? So if it is to happen we will have to give him a big pay off which would probably mean we end up with practically nothing for him. Might still happen of course – but it’s not as straightforward as it looks. And we will need a replacement as our numbers are getting a bit low.

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  • robbo

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #37

    2m deal completed. He played and scored in last years Champions league semi final, playing with the likes of , Ferdinand, Heinze, Ronaldo, Giggs, Solskjaer and Rooney. No wonder he took a nose dive playing with Gutrie, Beye, Butt and Taylor. The lad wants to move up again into the top flight. Arteta, Cahill, Pienaar, Lescott etc will get him going again. One comment says you’ll pay for his taxi, I’m guessing he has already set off walking!!

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  • ben dover

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #38

    anyone know where i can watch highlights of the match?

    oh and as for smith, i no he doesnt score goals but he works bloody hard, and i see him going to everton and banging in 15 a season, jst are luck.

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  • Dave

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #39

    If Smith goes, and Coloccini and a mystery player sign today then this will be one hell of a birthday present!

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #40

    My theory is this – KK may have wanted to keep Smith, but MA has said he wants him to go. This could only be for business reasons. (After all did we not see Mr Ashley wearing a Smith replica shirt at the start of last season. ) By this i mean we have someone better lined up to replace him. A little different I know but remember when we sold Cole? Who replaced him ? Enough said. So we have obviously bought Berbatov (lol – only joking) Ho’way the Lads !!!!!

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