There was news in the People yesterday that Everton boss David Moyes, who was interested in Alan Smith in the summer, may step up his interest in January and sign Smith as a replacement for striker Yakubu, who is out injured for the rest of the season.
Alan Smith – on his way in January?
But we’re not sure if this is just a regurgitation (is that a word?) of Everton’s summer interest.
In the same article The People says Newcastle are interested in Blackburn’s Samba, although Joe Kinnear has said he is not bringing in any central defenders in January, so this story may not have any facts behind it. Wow, that’s a surprise.
There again, it’s hard to read Joe Kinnear on the transfer front, as he can be a wily character, and Joe may be keeping who he’s really after close to his chest, and some of the players he mentioned may just be decoys. It wouldn’t be the first time a manager has done this, that’s for sure.
But we just don’t know, and believe that Samba would be a good acquisition for Newcastle.
The report says that Moyes is considering a £2M offer for Alan Smith, but Newcastle will hardly sell for that price. While we don’t expect to get anything near the £6M we paid to Man United for Smith 18 months ago, we should be able to claw back £3M-£4M, especially if other clubs show some interest.
Everton currently have Yakubu, Louis Saha (is he ever fit?) and James Vaughan all on the injured list.
Alan Smith is expendable at the club, because we are well stocked with strikers, who are simply better than Alan, and Smith hasn’t shown much of an eye for goal, having still to score his first goal for the Tyneside club.