Newcastle After Watford’s Tommy Smith?


Watford’s Tommy Smith is expected to leave Watford before the close of the transfer window and it appears Newcastle United may be interested in the player.

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Watford’s Tommy Smith – boyhood Newcastle fan

It seems that Newcastle are looking to hijack the 29 year-old midfielder’s move to Reading.

A deal was expected to be completed this week to take Smith to Watford, but Reading have not yet come up with an acceptable fee, and now a “top-end Championship club”, believed to be Newcastle are in for the player.

Smith recently turned down a £1.8M move to Sheffield United, because he does not want to move his family, so it’s unlikely he would want to move to Newcatsle, if that news is true.

But Smith was a Newcastle United fan as a boy which may influence his decision should a Newcastle bid be accepted, anmd of course he would get better money at Newcastle than reading too.

Watford boss Malky Mackay confirmed that no bids yet have been received for the 29-year-old:

“There has been no bids at the moment for Tommy Smith but there has been an enquiry from a top-end Championship club.”

“Right now he is involved in the trip to Sheffield United and is part of the squad for that game and is preparing like the rest of the players.”

“There has been speculation on his situation for weeks now and he has remained an excellent professional to deal with and there has been no change in his attitude towards the club.”

Watford are trying to reduce their wage bill becasue the club’s Premier League parachute payments are coming to an end this summer.

Smith, who is 5’8″ tall, started his career as a striker but now plays on the right wing, and he could be a replacement for Damien Duff, should the Irishman move to Fulham or Wolves.

Smith is in the final year of his contract at Watford, and chairman Jimmy Russo has suggested it is unlikely he will sign a new deal at the club.

Russo told BBC Three Counties Radio:

“The problem we have with Tommy is that he is one of the higher earners at the football club. That’s been well documented.”

“That level of commitment would be financially outside the model that we have introduced for the football club to enable stability and not be calling for another rights issue, as has happened on several occasions in the past few years.”

“I’ve always said that the business has to stand up on its own two feet. I’m not prepared to go to banks and institutions to borrow money and we have got to recognize what we are at Watford FC.”

“We’re not Premier League. We’re probably 30th to 35th in ratings in this country based on gates etcetera.

“If there isn’t enough money being generated through the turnstiles and the media then the only other form we have is to revert to sell the odd player or a player every year in order for us to meet the wages and trade in this division for the Premier League in the future.”

Tommy started his career at Watford in 1997 and then joined Sunderland and Derby County before returning to Waford in 2006. He played once for the England U21 side.

Tommy has played a total of 271 times for Watford and scored 58 goals.

Smith could be one of the players Newcastle move for next week, as they still need to bring in their first new player of the transfer season with just 17 days to go.

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9 comments so far

  • Toonfan1

    Aug 14, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #1

    Players starting to come in but it looks like only loans. Doubt Smith will come in on loan but Danny Simpson has arrived until January and should provide decent cover for the RB position.

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 14, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #2

    Does that mean sale is off?

    Keith Harris did say that some players would be leaving and 1 or 2 would come in.

    God knows what’s happening!

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  • Bill F

    Aug 14, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #3

    I reckon we should return to the old method of getting players. Going to the top of the nearest Pit and shouting down our requirements, can’t help thinking there must be a flaw in this cunning plan however!!

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  • AussieToon

    Aug 14, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #4

    Okay. What a day. For me it is nearly 8:30 pm and work was tough, but thank god it’s friday night and I am about to head into town.

    After a hard day at work, I come home to news of Taylor and Duff going.

    I can understand Duff for 4 million, very good business, but what point is good business when the funds dont come back to the squad? I would rather have Duff in the team because Mike Ashley is sure as hell not going to spend the money, is he now? 2 weeks before the deadline, good luck getting many names in…..

    Steven Taylor is one I will not even contemplate to understand. He is our heart and along with Carroll our pride and means more to me than most of the other players. If he gets sold, that will just about do me if Ashley stays on as owner.

    I will not be watching in the wee hours of the morning anymore, nor will I spend hours upon hours looking for anything Newcastle. Nope, that will kill me. This is no longer Newcastle United. It’s Mike Ashleys joke.

    I was about to buy a few items from the Newcastle shop online, a couple of training tops, training shorts and the new top, then as I stared into the basket I realised, my money ain’t going to that evil man. Definitely not. I am fortunate to have a good job and a bit of cash, even still none of it will Mike Ashley see.

    I cannot stand what is happening to my club, to our club…..it’s on life support at the moment, if Ashley maintains control, it will be dead.

    Praying for a miracle.

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  • Here We Ngo Baheng

    Aug 14, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #5

    For £4m we could probably get James Morrison and have somebody who can run with the ball at pace, and then do something with it.

    We should also be looking at Zak Whitbread who could do what Colo should be doing.

    But instead we could be selling Steven Taylor, part of the foundations of the burning Newcastle manasion and getting in Danny Simpson on a 6 month loan deal.

    The good news is that the 3 permitted loans will surely be enough to cover a dozen departures from our threadbare squad.

    I’m still a long way from being convinced and with at least 9 players (that’s an absolute minimum and doesn’t include loan signings) needing to be bought in a little over a fortnight we need some major news today about the long term future of this club of ours.

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  • Tel

    Aug 14, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #6

    ……………………………………………………………………..
    But Smith was a Newcastle United fan as a boy which may influence his decision should a Newcastle bid be accepted, anmd of course he would get better money at Newcastle than reading too
    ………………………………………………………………….What on earth makes you think we will pay better wages than reading whilst we have Ashley as the fat financial controller? Do you know something we dont? Has he been seeking a £40 million cash investment from top london jewellery brokers?

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  • Tel

    Aug 14, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #7

    _________________________________
    But Smith was a Newcastle United fan as a boy which may influence his decision should a Newcastle bid be accepted, anmd of course he would get better money at Newcastle than reading too.
    _________________________________What on earth makes you think we will pay more than reading whilst the fat financial controller has his grubby mits on the club? Do you know something we dont? Has he secured £40 million additional funding from top london jewellery brokers? Is he coming to st james on Saturday in disguise.?
    I am at the end of my tether. Just do one Mike.

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  • Tel

    Aug 14, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #8

    Christ even the blog isnt working properly. Submitted post 6 , vanished into cyber space, typed something else and original post appears. Is everything newcastle fcuk’d?

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  • lesh

    Aug 14, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #9

    And so Watford are trying to reduce their wage bill becasue the club’s Premier League parachute payments are coming to an end this summer.

    A point to note Mr Ashley?

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