News today in the Sunday Sun that former Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce, who was installed last week as the new boss at relegated West Ham, wants Newcastle midfielder Alan Smith.
Alan Smith – could leave Newcastle for £1M
Big Sam signed Smith for £6M from Manchester United in the summer of 2007, and Alan was one of Allardyce’s favorite players in the short six months he spent on Tyneside, before being sacked in January of 2008.
And it appears Allardyce tried to get Smith to Blackburn, while he manager there, but was knocked back at least twice by Newcastle.
Smith has only one year left on his five year contract, which will not be renewed next summer, so Smith could be picked up for around £1M to £2M.
However, one spanner in the works is that Smith is on around £60K/week at Newcastle, and would hardly want to move for smaller wages to Upton Park.
There’s no doubt Smith would be a good acquisition for West Ham, in their attempt to get out of the Championship next season, at their very first attempt.
Alan isn’t just a decent player, although serious injuries have adversely affected his play in the last few years, but he is also great in the dressing room, and an extremely positive influence.
That’s exactly what West Ham need to do this summer – build some team spirit – which seemed almost non existent for most of last season.
And with new boys like Johan Cabaye coming in to play in Newcastle’s midfield next season, Newcastle may be willing to unload Smith for around £1M.
But the problem will be whether Smith will accept lower wages in the Championship.
But a decent possibility to overcome these problems could be a loan deal, worked out between West Ham and Newcastle for next season.
What do you think?