Hull City boss Phil Brown who has sis Hull side in 3rd place with 20 points from the first 9 games is interested in a Newcastle United player.
Alan Smith – may not be allowed to leave in January
Brown has done an amazing job at Hull, and only yesterday they were big 3-0 winners at WBA, our opponents on Tuesday evening, even if the score was a little flattering to the Tigers.
Phil is reported to want former Manchester United star Alan Smith from Newcastle. Alan is out injured until at least December with an Achilles injury, and we’re not sure what our club’s situation will be in January. Certainly if we don’t have a new owner and manager by then, we’ll not be selling anybody, and not be buying anybody either, according to statements coming from Mike Ashley.
It’s the News of the World that says Brown will be handed a massive transfer kitty to spend in January, and he has the former England International on his shopping list. Smith has not played one game for the Magpies this season, and is one some stars who may be shown the exit in January, but only if we can get new players in.
And we need to have a net increase in the playing squad by January 31st, so it may be that it’s too risky to let any of our players leave in January.
Alan almost joined Everton in the late summer, but the deal fell through. Brown is said to be ready to offer Newcastle £3M for a player they paid twice that amount for only a year ago. We’d like to see Alan play again for the Newcastle side, because just like Ameobi, we know he’s a player who is much better than he’s been playing. And some good displays will either raise his transfer price or have the club hold onto him.
Just like Shola, it seems he has some confidence problems and we have no doubt that Joe Kinnear can solve that problem for Alan, who’s a very committed footballer.
But there again, we’re not sure how long Joe will be manager at the club. Things at the club are probably the most uncertain they’ve ever been right now – but then again the only way from where we are right now – is up!