Aston Villa are today being linked with a Â£4M move for Newcastle United forward Alan Smith.
Alan Smith – on his way to Villa?
The reports also suggest that Villa will face strong competition for Smith.
Newcastle paid Â£6M for Smith just a year ago, and it’s becoming clear that it will be difficult for him to get too many games at Newcastle once all our strikers are fit again.
Smith has certainly struggled at St James’ Park and he’s a much better player than he’s shown for long periods on Tyneside.
A Â£4M fee for Smith would be acceptable to the Tyneside club, even though they would be losing a couple of million, and only last weekend, it appeared that he could be moving to Everton.
But reports today suggest that Villa manager Martin O’Neill will offer him the chance to get his career back on track at the Midlands club.
Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan has always said that England international Smith is in his plans for the new season at Newcastle, but we think they will be tempted with a decent offer for the player and Â£4M we think would do it.
Sunderland have also been strongly linked with a move for Smith, since Roy Keane knows first-hand what the player is like at Manchester United, where they played together.
We fully expect Alan to move on before the end of August.