Middlesbrough Show Interest In Buying Newcastle’s Alan Smith


Late news tonight, being reported by The Daily Mail, that Middlesbrough are interested in taking Newcastle striker Alan Smith to the Riverside Stadium in January on a permanent deal.

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Alan Smith – Middlesbrough join the race for him

Everton are reported to have been keen to sign Alan in the summer, and would like to take him on loan in January, but they may be pipped by Middlesbrough, who could sign him on a permanent deal this month.

Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate must be desperate to add some steel to his young team, and Alan Smith can certainly give them that, either up front or in defensive midfield.

And it seems that Alan is one of the players Newcastle would be willing to move on in January, since they are well endowed in the striker positions, and would also like to relieve the wage bill, since the former Manchester United and Leeds striker is on £60K a week wages on Tyneside.

Smith has been out since early September with an Achilles injury, but is set to return to training next week, and he should be ready to play within a couple of weeks.

It seems that Southgate would rather buy him now than lose him to Everton, who are keen to get him on a loan deal in January, and then sign him permanently in the summer, when they will have some transfer funds available.

But this has to be good news for Newcastle and Joe Kinnear, if it’s true, and no doubt if this goes further Boro will need to ensure Alan has fully recovered from his Achilles injury, and then there is the small matter of the fee.

The general figure quoted in August was around £3M, but that may go higher if Middlesbrough want to quickly secure the former England striker.

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200 comments so far

  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #1

    Despite his lack of abiblity to do anything and concedes stupid free kicks, he would be better than Butt in centre midfield but hopefully (lets stay optimistic) we bring one or two CMs in.

    No use up front. Sell him!

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  • NewManager20092010

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #2

    Sell, Sell, Sell, Sell, Sell!

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  • sweendog

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #3

    Sell and replace and thats good business ..

    Sell and not replace with a DM and Ashley cronnies are dragging us down more.

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  • Y2J

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #4

    I don’t know if this has dawned on anyone, but we have agame against that Hammers that we are no where near ready for with regards to players. It is paramount that we make some movements over the next two days.

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  • sweendog

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Y2J .. we’ve no DM .. we’re f**ked and its a relegation 6 pointer.

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  • sweendog

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #6

    Collocini as DM .. with Taylor and Bassong in Defence could be a good idea.

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  • Dan157

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #7

    Add another one to the otboun list which now reads:

    Given
    Enrique
    N’Zogbia
    Barton
    Geremi
    Xisco
    Smith

    Not all of these can be true so i guess we have to treat each of these stories very lightly just like we do with our transfer rumours of players coming in.

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  • Dan157

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Geremi will play DM on saturday.

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  • Dan157

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #9

    *outbound

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  • Stardust

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #10

    Taylor should be chopped up for firewood

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  • sweendog

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #11

    Dan157 .. I do think this is a goer though .. smith for 2+ mill .. if I was everton/smoggies I’d give it a try .. you’d think though 3-4 is more likely.

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  • Spyro

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #12

    Taylro should be learning from and act as cover for Beye. I think RB is his best position.

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  • sweendog

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #13

    Dan157 .. geremi is the most likely if hes still here .. if he’s there we can only play one way and thats full on attack… we sit back and we’d be shot as we don’t have any good tacklers in the middle of the park ..

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #14

    Against West Ham we should play Owen from deep with Geremi in DM. We are at home, so Kinnear needs to grow some balls stick his neck out and go for three up front!

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  • sweendog

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #15

    Collocini is supposedly a good DM .. played there for Depor .. but agreed him and bassong work the best as the 2 CB’s

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  • Stardust

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #16

    Spuro – he cant play a line and when exposed at RB he will ruin the whole back 4 as his tendancy to drop off and play his own game is astounding.

    I change what I said about firewood though, he is too thick to burn

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  • Dan157

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #17

    Smith is no good to anyone at the min as he is injured but we may need him back unless signings are made. £2 million is a poor return for a player we payed £7 million for only 18 months ago.

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  • sweendog

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #18

    Robby Bobson .. do we have 3 good strikers ..??? I count 1 fit(owen), 1 bambi (Average) and 2 injured .. the rest aren’t good enough.

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  • Seymour Butts

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #19

    I suggest we all cross our fingers and hope this is true.

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  • Dan157

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #20

    Are there any decent boro players we could do a swap deal with. Those words decent and boro players don’t go together that well do they.

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  • Ivor Hardon

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #21

    spend some money ashley you tight git.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #22

    sweendog – we have xisco and Carroll but i suppose they would be no better than playing lualua centre midfield.

    It all really depends if Guthrie or Zoggy get fit for Saturday.

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  • Ivor Hardon

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #23

    Dan157 .. agreed

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  • Ross

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #24

    dan-downing, haha. “alright boro..aye we know you turned down 15 mil for downing, but how about we just give you alan smith, and you only have to give us downing. dont worry, we’ll skip the extra cash, just downing :D”

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  • Auschas

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #25

    This weekend

    …………………Given
    Taylor…..Colllo…..Bassong….Enrique
    Godsmark….Geremi…..Charlie…Jonas
    ………..Ranger….Owen

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  • toonoholic

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #26

    given sell
    geremi sell
    nzogbia sell
    smith sell
    barton sell
    owen sell

    buy none !

    europe! here we come!!

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  • sweendog

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #27

    Robby Bobson.. too important a game for Xisco or Carroll .. I reckon

    Given
    Taylor Collo Bassong Enrique
    Gutierrez Geremi N’Zogbia
    Owen
    Ameobi Duff

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  • Spyro

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #28

    Ross

    LOL

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  • SouthernGeordie

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #29

    Is Carroll actually any good whenever i have seen him, he has looked totally out of place big and unthreatening

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  • Dan157

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #30

    Ross

    Downing yeh. Well he may be decent (and i say decent as i think he is vastly overrated) but the one position we do not need is a left winger as we have 3 players can operate thers, Jonas, Duff and Zog. How about trying a swap with Adam Johnson + Jonathon Grounds. Not who i would ideally like to see us sign but it’s getting bodies into the squad isn’t it.

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  • sweendog

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #31

    SouthernGeordie .. carroll is improving but not too good so far..

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  • Spyro

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #32

    SouthernGeordie

    I too am from the South and have the exact same view of Carroll. Maybe it is a southern thing eh? 😀

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #33

    Caroll isnt going to loose us the gam but not exactly going to win it us either. He just plays to make up the numbers.

    Is Zoggy fit? I thought he was subbed vs Hull because of injury.

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  • brendanm

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #34

    the hammers are going to hammer us. damn i need a thesaurus.

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  • Dan157

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #35

    Is Adam Johnson a right winger. i think he is. If he’s a lefty then it’s no good a swap.

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  • Auschas

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #36

    Carroll could be every bit as good as Crouch given time and good training.

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  • Ross

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #37

    dan-i dont think downing is really needed. He’s canny but its not like i’d be running to get him. i cant beleive they’ve rejected 15 mil if im honest.

    As far as Carroll goes, i think he looked canny against Hull. should have scored though.
    However, his attitude is apparently shocking? Hopefully he turns it around. I’ve also never been angrier than when he came on against man c i think it was? all he had to do was run his socks off for 10 minutes and he strolled round like he’d have rather be anywhere else in the world.

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  • Dan157

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #38

    Carrol needs to use his strength more. He looks like he could be the most powerful striker we have had in a long time but just needs to put himself about a bit more.

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  • nightfall

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #39

    hope this rumor is true…i’d give them smith for free…they only cost us money…3. 4 mil a year..6.5 in fee plus 3.4 x 4 = 13.6 mil…so BSA blew 20 mil on this…”player”…

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  • SouthernGeordie

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #40

    Definatly a southern thing Spyro – i would opt for the young lad Ranger at least as sub – by all accounts he is a ballsy little f*cker and that is what we need.

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