Alan Smith has been informed by Newcastle, that he can leave the club he’s been at for four years.
Alan Smith– can leave the club
Newcastle will no doubt be looking to get Alan’s hefty £60K/week off the wage bill, since that’s a lot of money to play for a player who cannot make the first team.
And the other reason Newcastle will want to unload the former Newcatsle captain, is that at least they will get something for him this summer, whereas next summer his contract runs out, and he will become a free agent.
Another rather gruesome ankle injury earlier this year will certainly not help his movement on the filed, and his last game could have been his sub appearance for Newcastle against West Brom in the last game of the season.
The news recently was that Sam Allardyce, who brought him to Newcatsle in the summer of 2007 for £6M from Manchester United, wants him at West Ham.
And Leeds United, his former club could also be interested in the player, as could Leicester City manager Sven Eriksson.
Signed as a striker, Alan never scored a goal for Newcastle, but did switch to playing central midfield after the first couple of years on Tyneside.
Alan has done well at Newcastle, but has been injured far too much, and in his four seasons at the club, he has made only 92 appearances for the club, although that’s 10 more than Joey Barton has made in the same time-frame.
Alan will always be remembered at Newcastle as one of the leaders who helped the club gain promotion from the Championship, at the very first attempt, and he has always been a top professional.
We would think £1M would be enough to get Alan, but he will have to agree to a new wage deal at another club, and he could still dig in his heels and see out the last year of his contract on Tyneside.