Sam Allardyce Wants Alan Smith At West Ham


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?

Comments welcome.



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53 comments so far

  • FollowMyTwitterLewisKing7

    Jun 5, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Yeah I Knew this was coming. 1m For him is good money for us. He’s too old now, cost us against west Brom. Let him Go..

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 5, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #2

    1 million?? I’ll taxi him to West Ham.

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  • connor_nufc

    Jun 5, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #3

    ED ITS YOHAN

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  • Stuart

    Jun 5, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #4

    Bye Bye Smith. The most highly paid cheerleader in the world.

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  • bollokheed

    Jun 5, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #5

    am glad about this ,we need to get rid of some dead wood ,,we should keep ranger tho,anyhoo xisco next an i’ll be quite happy.

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  • daneevz

    Jun 5, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #6

    need shot of smith to clear wages he aint got no future at nufc

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  • CynicalasEva

    Jun 5, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #7

    YES YES YES

    the fact that he is FatAhes fav player may mean he will move as well – YES YES YES

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jun 5, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #8

    hope this is true

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  • Cheick and Bake

    Jun 5, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #9

    this is the kinda news us nufc fans wanna hear

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 5, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #10

    ya get rid of smith one of the many useless players we have we already took care of campbell and kuqi and i think its smith s turn now

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  • CHAPPA

    Jun 5, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #11

    any news on gervinho lads ?

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  • Wright

    Jun 5, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #12

    as soon as tiote was signed smith was out of the door.

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  • Toonboy

    Jun 5, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #13

    Who we should ship out, due to the fact they are mediocre players ;

    Smith
    Xisco
    Guthrie

    Keep the likes of Perch and Raylor to fill in as they are versatile and decent enough players.

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  • CHAPPA

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #14

    perch decent?? lol

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  • CynicalasEva

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #15

    Perch??

    Been given a number of chances and hs not stepped up t o the mark

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  • Toonboy

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #16

    By decent I mean if given the chance he will play his heart out when given a chance, something Smith and Guthrie don’t.

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  • supervil

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #17

    There’s no doubt Smithy’s not good enough on the pitch and he’s taking a huge wage… but couple this with the doubts over Nolan and Barton’s long term futures… if Smudger goes, I’m going to start worrying about the dressing room harmony.

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  • Lee Dodd

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #18

    The Best News all Week Sorry Alan But Your No Longer Good Enough For the Premier League . Championship Maybe with Sam Yes !!!! See Ya !!!

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  • Lee Dodd

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #19

    Take James Perch With You and Xisco …

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  • FarAwayGeordie

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #20

    good riddance.. later blondie!

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  • barryvenison

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #21

    Oh my god YYYYYEEEESSSSSS! Best news ive read on here in a while. Only BSA would want this waste of space.

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  • listie

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #22

    I’ll drive him down myself and put strolla and perch in the boot

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  • burnsie

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #23

    UNTRUE TOON BOY…VERY UNTRUE MATE. SMITH ALWAYS, ALWAYS PLAYS HIS HEART OUT!

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  • supervil

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #24

    @barryvenison

    Kinda blinkered view there mate. Smithy does a lot behind the scenes. I agree he’s on far too big a wage, but I seriously think he’ll be a miss in the dressing room and on the training pitch.

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  • supervil

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #25

    @listie

    Can you also just stay down there and become a Hammers fan?

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  • Benton Toon Exile

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #26

    Bad injuries have hampered him..Great signing for West Ham….Takes no sh++ and great to get them out the Chamionship.

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  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #27

    Oh lord please be true.

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  • magpie6699

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #28

    Nothing against Smudger who unfortunately became increasingly just a good tryer and off-the-field leader as his age and injuries caught up. I presume this would be all part of BFS’s plan to win the Hammers fans over with fast, skilful players!
    If he goes, I wish him good luck.

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  • Brutooon

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #29

    The only midfielder in the world who

    Can’t pass
    Can’t Tackle – One tackle made in 5 matches
    Only got the ball first 5 mins then ANONYMOUS the remaining 85 mins

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  • BonVoyageBenny

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #30

    Can I just ask, if Smithy goes, who other than Tiote, is good enough as a holding midfielder? Before selling Smith, we need to bring in another tough tackling central midfielder.

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  • quinnynufc

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #31

    Sorry lads but i have to disagee with most of you about smithy. there hasnt been many central midfielders who have tried and put his heart and soul into playing for this club. i agree he has declined in last year or so but big injuries have been a huge play in this. i think 1 mil is a snip for west ham

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #32

    Smith Go Already!!!! We don’t want you here you’re a liability. As for the dressing room spirit I find it hard that a hard and serious looking player like yourself can be that funny! Bring Solano and his trumpet back if you want a good dressing room!! Smith Out!! I bet if we land Gervinho he can create a much better atmosphere than Smith can, he seems much more jolly and fun.

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  • Brutooon

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #33

    We got Tiote

    Gosling as backup

    Collocini, Cabaye , Guthrie (well at least he is younger than Smith)

    The reason he put his so called “heart and soul” is because he is on 60k per week

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  • Phil K

    Jun 5, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #34

    I’m all for it. For one mill, maybe ?
    Let them take Perch and Ranger too. On loan, maybe ?

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  • quinnynufc

    Jun 5, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #35

    brutoon

    doesnt matter if a player is on 60k, 20k, 500 quid per week. every player should be playing with heart and soul. im sure you and me would.
    agree with you that 60k is way too much money for the part he has took in last 2 seasons but when he signed the contract, 60k was average wage for our 1st teamers, of which none deserved. that season we got relegated, smith was one of only players to put an effort in. dont forget useless owen was on double that

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  • quinnynufc

    Jun 5, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #36

    btw i agree we should get rid lol

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  • listie

    Jun 5, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #37

    @supervil

    back to school tomorrow yes? Sad Mackam

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  • stevep

    Jun 5, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #38

    looks like pardew and co are sticking to thier word, mentioned numerous times he wants quick skilful players
    Smiths a good bloke and even tho he’s been injured a lot he has been a big dressing room factor – unfortunately he just isn’t up to it anymore
    hope he never gets booed if he plays against us tho, always put 100% effort in unlike duff and Owen !

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  • Brutooon

    Jun 5, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #39

    how can Smith gave 100% ????

    You only saw him getting the ball for the first 5 mins, then the remaining 85 mins he is anonymous

    60k per week to do a cheerleading + motivator job? you can use 2k for a cheerleading and motivating for ONE YEAR

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  • Charlietoon

    Jun 5, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #40

    When he came on against West Brom he barely ran at all and gave the ball away constantly. The make up of the dressing room is going to change. We need to deal with that and accept it.

    Personally I think what upsets a dressing room is when a guy earning 60gs a week is doing barely anything to earn it and there are others on 10k or 25k (still an absolute fortune) or 45k busting their hump and being irreplacable thinking why not me?

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