Alan Smith’s £3M move from Newcastle to Everton looks to be doubtful, because the player turned up at Newcastle’s Darsely Park training complex this morning.
Alan Smith – serious doubts about his Everton move
There had been reports that he was on his way to Everton to have a medical and possible sign for Everton, but this is not good news for the club (sorry Alan, it’s nothing personal).
Smith, 27, has had a poor year at the club he joined a year ago, and as a striker has not scored a single goal, yet he is still on a massive £60K/week, and may be inclined to take a pay cut to move to Everton, where at least he would get more games.
It appears, as we reported earlier today that if he moved to Everton he would have to take a drastic pay cut, and the player still has four years left on his contract at Newcastle.
How many times do we see players not wanting to move from Newcastle because they are on massive wages, which they hardly deserve. It’s small wonder that owner Mike Ashley is trying to bring wages more into balance at the club.
But in spite of his poor record at Newcastle it seems like manager Kevin Keegan is still keen to keep him, because his squad is very small and Kevin feels he can still get the best out of Alan.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, however, is said to be unimpressed by Smith – no wonder he stopped wearing number 17 – and is keen to do business because Smith’s departure would reduce the wage bill, and we’d lose a player who has not produced.
We’d like to see Alan move on – but it’s also dependent on who we are bringing to the club, but it looks right now as though are squad will be smaller than last season, when it was woefully inadequate to deal with any injuries.