News coming through that Everton manager David Moyes wants to push through a £3M move for Newcastle United’s striker Alan Smith.
Alan Smith – on his way to Everton if he can agree terms
Everton hope to complete the signing of Newcastle striker Alan Smith before midnight tonight, and apparently Smith is expected at Goodison Park this morning for a medical, after Newcastle agreed to let the former Leeds and Manchester United player leave for £3M.
Everton and Smith still have to agree terms and we think Smith was on around £60K/week at Newcastle, so that’s a potential barrier, although it’s hard to think he would travel to Goodison for the medical, if he hadn’t some assurance that what the Merseyside club would offer, would be acceptable to him.
Yet he may have to accept a cut in his wages in order to move on and get more games.
This is a good move for Newcastle, because we couldn’t see how Alan was going to get a game this season, and it will be a good move for Smith too, because he’s a much better player than the form he’s shown over the last year at the club. So a move is good for both parties, and we think he can perform well for Everton too.
But this is another senior player out of the door at the club, for half the price we paid for him a short 12 months ago from Manchester United, and now we’ve recently lost Faye, Milner and Smith who are unexpected departures this summer. We would have liked to have kept Faye and Milner.
Keegan has now moved out the following senior players this summer:
Carr, Diatta, Ramage, Faye, Emre, Milner, Rozehnal and now Smith
That’s eight players out and only four brought in so far.
We also think Newcastle would like to move out Shola Ameobi to Ipswich Town before tomorrow evening too, and would probably even take a reduced price for him, when push comes to shove at around 10pm tomorrow night, to get Shola out of the door.
But we should now be bringing in four or five players before midnight tonight to keep our squad decent in terms of quantity, although the quality is no doubt much improved over last year.