It appears that Egyptian striker Mido is just as much upset about the proposed swap deal between him and Newcastle United’s Alan Smith, as Smith himself was this morning.
Mido told the Egyptian press today he first got to know about the news in The Sun, and that Middlesbrough had not said anything about the propsed deal until today, when manager Gareth Southgate told him negotiations were ongoing.
“Gareth Southgate told me in the afternoon about the negotiations between the two clubs and informed me of these negotiations, something which I did not know before.”
“I’m very angry no one informed me of the ongoing talks before today, and I made sure manager Gareth Southgate knows how I feel.”
It is being reported the negotiations between the clubs are in the final stages, pending the approval of the two players. Both players moved to their current clubs for £6M in the summer of 2007, with Mido moving from Spurs and Smith from Man United.
Both have been less than successful at their new clubs.
But Alan Smith has already objected to a move to Middlesbrough, although if he is told he has no future on Tyneside, he may reconsider his position. And we don’t know if Alan will need to take a pay cut when and if he moves to The Riverside Stadium.
Alan is on £60K/week which is what he was getting at Manchester United and Newcastle agreed to match that figure 18 months ago, when they paid 6M for the striker.
The Egyptian international striker Mido added:
“Newcastle United made an offer to Boro for me, and I understand that they are very excited to see me in the squad,”
“I was informed that the negotiations between the two clubs are going on for about a week and I did not know nothing about it.”
Mido has played 48 times for Egypt, who are the current African Cup Of Nations Champions, and he’s scored 19 goals for his country, and the Egyptian striker has a history with Newcastle United fans, who have chanted racist slogans against him on two occasions in the past.
That should never have happened, and if Mido does come to Tyneside, and tries his best on the pitch, he will be welcomed at the club by the fans.
We don’t care what race or nationality Newcastle players are – as they long as they play their very best for the club.
Mido shoudn’t worry too much about the racial thing, which has to be stamped out of football altogether, and the sooner the better. However, we can appreciate he may have some concerns on this.
Mido’s form has been inconsistent over the last couple of seasons, but he has shown in his career he has the skill and ability, and if Joe Kinnear can get the very best out of him, he could be more than a reasonable acquisition for Newcastle, but we’ll have to wait and see if the deal goes through first.
But this story seems to be true.