Smith’s Everton Move In Serious Doubt


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.

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456 comments so far

  • HeronMag

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #1

    KK likes Smith. He’s not going anywhere.

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  • Taiwantoon

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #2

    It’s off. Everton has signed Saha.

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  • Rob Davis

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #3

    Smith is the future, he will fire us into the top 6. Without him we will be in a relegation battle.

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  • tynside tommo

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #4

    Anyone spotted Mr WOW yet?

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  • bruTOOOON

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #5

    everton signed saha so no way they going to signed alan smith.

    if i m a billionaire, i would pay myself the 3 million and let everton take alan smith

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  • Safferman

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #6

    No surprise, i never thought he’s be leaving anyways. By the way where the hell is our LB signing, probably the most important signing we needed?

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  • ObaFan2

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Surely Everton would accept £3 million to take him away….. offer them £4 million and private jet to take him plzzzzz

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  • Marat18

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #8

    gonna get “WOW?” #19 on the back of my shirt 🙂

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  • shearer9

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #9

    it is unfair to say he wont leave newcastle because of the wages he is on, we dont even know if there has actually been a bid from everton all it is is rumours.

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  • Taiwantoon

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #10

    WOW signing?

    A commercial deal with World Of Warcraft 😀

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  • neeraj

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #11

    nnnnnooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    i even wrote one sentence testimony for smith’s newcastle days and for his future

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  • fostino

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #12

    it annoys me everytime i hear SSN saying ‘two major boosts for newcastle, ameobi and smith are both staying’ ARGHHHHHHH, id rather them gone, even with our tiny squad!!

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  • SD Toon

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #13

    A loaned midfeilder & a nobody spanish striker…..very very dissapointed so far especially after seeing what Man City & Tottenham are up to in the transfer market aswell as Aston Villas & Portsmouth dealings so far . Unless Fat Mike Ashley spalshes some cash its gonna be a long hard season.

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  • tynside tommo

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #14

    Ed, Can’t you scrap these “Congratulations” links? They’re trash and simply cheapen the blog.

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #15

    My only concern from this transfer window, is that Keegan stated back in May that one position we definetly needed to strengthen was LB as Enrique is all we’ve got and that he felt we needed a quality LB. We have not signed any yet. This is surprising as money is available to Keegan, so it must be because we have:
    a) Not been able to find one in 3 months (which would be simply not good enough)
    b) Not able to attract any of the quality we desire (a shame but noones ‘fault’ really)

    Still hope for something to add to Xisco and Nacho, but if not, we will soldier on with what we have.

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  • James

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #16

    SD Toon – All the clubs you mentioned are in the UEFA Cup, hence the attraction for players wanting to play European football.

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  • tomdwalker

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #17

    TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK CAN ANYBODY ELSE FEEL THE SEASON DISAPPEARING EVERY SECOND!!!!!!

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  • Joseph

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Ah crap, oh well maybe he’ll get better this season

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  • SD Toon

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #19

    Fair enough maybe ill have to lower my expectations. Our squad is rubbish & we are falling further behind.

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  • Frankieboy

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #20

    Smithy aint the type to sit back and just take the money, he will come good. Am quite happy for him to stay, but can’t say same for Ameobi

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  • Ally

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Apparently it said on SSn that Rosenborg have signed midfielder Anthony Annan, nd this would allow Skjelbred to travel to Newcastle

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  • Mark-O

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #22

    I asked the question on the other page but what happened with the Warnock deal? I love Smudger always thought he was quality but after the leg break he’s not really done anything!!! Shame like but he needs to go. Ameobi is a total waste of space.
    Ashley REALLY REALLY REALLY needs to splash the cash or he’ll be in danger of losing the fans!

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  • dubsea

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #23

    the top 8 is going to be super competitive this season…what man city is doing is mind boggling

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  • DH7 Mags

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #24

    smithy to everton to re-launch his career, baines in exchange. that covers the left back position

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  • iain

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #25

    says it all that we couldnt prise warnock away from blackburn, even if we match there valuation late on they wont sell as they dont have another lb nor will they be able to get one.

    cant believe we didnt go for traore who arsenal loaned to pompey.

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  • Denton Burn Agro Boy

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #26

    Kevin asked to be judged on the replacement of James Milner and his other signings at midnight tonight.

    As yet Mr Keegan, I am not impressed.

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  • fostino

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #27

    re: ally

    did SSN actual say this??

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  • Ginkoh

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #28

    Honestly, I want to see Alan Smith back to his form and shut the criticize up. But if he cannot motivate himself I don’t know how to but Sell him.

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  • Ally

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #29

    aye one of the lads on the other article said this, it is true that Annan has gone to Rosenborg as it is on Skysports.com, so i think this has some substance

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  • Ganiyu

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #30

    Help im sinking in2 relegation.d players and ma wud get a bottle of coke in d championship.

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  • Michael

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #31

    🙁

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  • lesh

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #32

    Mr Wow spotted in Stowell Street!!!

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  • Geordie Nick

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #33

    SSN have reported that rosenborg signed annan but it doesnt say nothing about tht meaning skjelbred is traveling to newcastle

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  • Geordie SPIDERMAN18 (GG7)

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #34

    ill be honest with you all now, and i will tell you, i can never see us progressing under mike ashley, as much as i like the bloke, even the youngsters he is signing arent to great, i expected the likes of veloso, gomez, so on and so on, instead we get the likes of zamblera

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  • Marat18

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #35

    they said that Rosenborg is signing a midfielder, but nothing said on Skjelbred.

    but fingers crossed.
    I already have some pictures of him to write a breaking news on the local nufc site 🙂

    not as I rate the lad that much, just want some activity. and it’s reported that he is life-long Toon-fan.

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  • Ally

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #36

    Mr who spotted in stowell street lesh lol

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  • Oba

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #37

    We’ll do what we always do, announce the signings at like midnight or after. 😀

    At least I hope so.

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  • Nickies Butt 1000

    Sep 1, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #38

    Alot of people think us geordies are stupid and some people on this Blog are close to proving it hmmm… STOP TRIEING TO THINK WE ARE GOING TO SIGN HUNTELAAR OR BERBATOV IT WON’T HAPPEN… EVER. 1st of all we are not as big of a club as we used to be and no Europe qualification. 2nd we are making steady progress no matter how slow it may seem and the demise is faster than progress made. 3rd MA has the money but wants to spend it wisely unlike spuds and man sh*tty as they were total pap last season and we don’t want to end up like them. DUH Berbatov will come to Newcastle DUH and so will Huntelaar DUH and Ronaldinho DUH DUH we are gonna win da premier league and World Cup DUH. Don’t act like the geordies on sky sports please think about it.

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  • nick

    Sep 1, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #39

    wish KK would stop bleating about a small squad because absolutely nothing justifies keeping Smith. I would play any of the youngsters way ahead of this obscenely overpaid excuse of a rubbish ”does nothing ”player.

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  • dick

    Sep 1, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #40

    may yet need smith he cant be much worse than some of players coming in

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