Leeds Positioning To Sign Newcastle Midfielder


Alan Smith is on around £60K/week at Newcastle, and that’s a lot of money to pay for a player who cannot make the first team.

Alan Smith – wages could be problem for Leeds

Newcastle have made it be known that they will let Alan go this summer, and even though he has one year left on a five year contract, the news is that Newcastle will allow him to leave the club for nothing.

Of course, one reason for that is that it helps clubs offer Alan a decent contract and a decent wage, but it’s hard to think that a club like Leeds could get anywhere near to his current wages on Tyneside.

And Alan has every right in the world to see out his contract, and pick up another £3M for next season, and then leave on a free transfer next summer.

The news today is that Leeds United, his former club, have inquired about what level of wages the former England International would want if he returned to Elland Road.

If Leeds can offer the player a decent wage, then they could possibly tie up a permanent deal, but maybe another alternative is for Leeds to take the player on loan next season, and that could be followed by Alan signing a permanent deal at Leeds, on new wages, once his contract runs out at Newcastle.

Alan will turn 31 in October, and started his career with his home town club, Leeds United, back in 1997, and finally moved to Manchester United in 2004, before signing for Newcatsle United in the summer of 2007, in a £6M deal, by then manager Sam Allardyce.

Alan played 92 times for Newcastle with no goals, and was a key player in helping Newcastle return to the Premier League at their very first attempt, after being relegated in May, 2009.

It really depends on how willing Alan is to give up his £60K/week wages in his last season on Tyneside.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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53 comments so far

  • LeoMacedonia-NUFC

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #1

    FIRST!!! lol

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #2

    Would be a good move all round but I doubt Smith would drop his wages much so unlikely to happen

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Pick of nolan in the sun doesnt look a happy bunny with that shirt on lol hes getting a canny double chin going on haha fat sams fat captain

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Wonder if Leeds will turn him back into a forward!?

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #5
  • Stuart

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #6

    Bye Bye Alan!

    If theres any club he would take a wage cut for it would be Leeds like so you never know.

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  • barryvenison

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #7

    Should be rich enough by now to play for free.

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #8

    Smith would love to end his career at his leeds utd he mite get help them get up

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #9

    This paragraph shows how desperate we are to get him off the books….

    “Reports in the north east suggest the Premier League club would consider paying a sizeable portion of Smith’s wages to facilitate a transfer elsewhere, a move which would assist Leeds’ attempts to close a deal.”

    Basically, we will pay Leeds (or whoever else) to take him!

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  • barryvenison

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #10

    Or has he wasted all his money on blonde highlights?

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  • Milzzy Rascal

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #11

    Heard from a number of different areas last night and this morning that we’ve had a bid accepted for Park Chu Young of Monaco supposedly it’s £4 million plus add ons if we make Europe.

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  • catchy in norway

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #12

    one of england most over rated players ever, the season leeds got relegated, it was him and viduka up front, he scored 3 all season, vid 0ver 20 in a relegated team, very poor player,

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #13

    rascal – weres he play is he any good

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #14

    possible 1 of the worst players to ever don our shirt in the Premier League. But did alright in the championship. Thanks and i’ll taxi him to leeds. We just can’t seem to win when he’s on the pitch for us.

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  • Milzzy Rascal

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #15

    I believe he’s a forward/winger type player very hard working and quick as most South Korean players seem to be. He’s captain of South Korea so he must have some decent qualities about him. Monaco have just gone down so I think we’re trying to get him on the cheap. Believe Stoke are also sniffing around though.

    Mite be something of nothing although it came from a few different areas last night and I’ve heard it from someone else this morning which I find very strange it’s silly season though so maybe wait and see!!

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #16

    Maybe I am too cynical about footballers these days but I dont see him dropping his wages even for Leeds

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  • Benton Toon Exile

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #17

    Smith would lose £2m in salary with the wage drop at Leeds!

    The clubs would need to agree between them how this is made up.
    Likely is Toon £750k goodbye, Leeds £750K sign on fee.
    Smith swallows the rest to sign for his hometown club.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #18

    i think that smith and xisco are same only difference is smith has played some xisco never got the chance smith never scored for NUFC xisco has scored 1

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #19

    jus done youtube on that park joo young looks hell of a player

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  • Shot Bru

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #20

    Millzy Rascal….i heard the same story about Park Chu Young round about the end of May from some pretty reliable sources when i was over in France. The blokes i was talking to seemed to think we could get him for as little as £2.5 million….However there is an issue regarding his national service which i think he has to complete beefore he is 30.

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  • sheznufc

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #21

    I believe smithy will drop his wages as i reckon he wants to play and he realises he wont be with but if he does go ill wish him the best, great bloke and wore the shirt well. Cheers smudger

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  • A bit worried that Jonas and Colo arnt in this photo…
    http://www.nufc.co.uk/articles/20110623/black-magic-change-kit-out-today_2281670_2380759?

    Am i reading too much into this? or could it be a sign that they are on the way out?

    Barton, Jose, Best, Smith, Harper, guthrie etc all linked with moves away arnt in it….

    Staylor, Arfa, Strolla, Loven have yet to be linked with moves away…

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  • geoff777

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #23

    Whether he runs his contract out here or Leeds pays some of his wages.

    He’s going to collect 60K a week next season that’s for sure.

    He’s got to look after his family.

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  • Klatoon

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #24

    Rascal i hope those rumors turn out true, i would love him here,bags of skill,hard worker and with a decent goals-games ratio too,only drawback is that Park chu-young is more of a playmaker-deeper striker,and most of us think that will be HBA’s role next season.

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  • Cant the club just Terminate smudgers contract?

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #26

    Vive,

    You’re definitely reading too much haha. The picture is from about a month ago when the players modelled the kits.

    Also, Nolan was in the pictures 🙂

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #27

    Also, Park Chu Young?

    He is 25, and has to do 2 years of military service before 30. His goal scoring record is average at best, in much lesser leagues :/

    I’d stay clear. Anyone can look good on youtube davy. People don’t make video’s of the average clips 😛

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #28

    @22

    They were not in the promo video, it was on the NUFC site a bit ago.

    I wouldnt read too much into it, you dont normally have the entire squad doing promo work.

    And besides, you should be more worried that Tiote was not on it!!!!

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  • Aite cool.

    Cause im planning to replace the Carrol Shirt, and Nolan Shirt ive been forced to retire to the back of my closet with one for Colo and one Cabaye, Still saving the 3rd shirt name for a possible new signing…

    Planning on getting a mate of mine who is in Northumbria Uni, to get me the new home kit, the New away kit and the 3rd kit…

    Been awhile since i got a new top…

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  • Stuart

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #30

    @vive, you’re definately reading too much into it lol.

    That picture was from the strip launch photoshoot about a month ago. There was only about 5 players involved I think.

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  • sidekick

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #31

    Smith has one year left on contract worth £3m. Deal will be more like Nufc waive transfer fee of 1.5m – 2m in exchange for leeds paying his £60 thou a week wages. Effectively allows Leeds to pay the transfer fee direct to Smith in instalments and gets Smith off nufc wage bill – good business for both clubs.

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  • MsiDouglas Mark Douglas
    Via @DKristoffersson: Teteh Bangura linked with #NUFC again bloggar.expressen.se/kristoffersson/

    The link(Not in english):http://bloggar.expressen.se/kristoffersson/

    @Nufc_richyg01 28

    Im not worried about Tiote at all. He is probably doing his duties somewhere around the world as the Ivorian Hulk. A hero’s Job is never over!

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  • Stuart

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #33

    So does anyone reckon we’ll announce a new signing tomorrow then? It seems Friday is our day to get deals done.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #34

    I gave up getting names a while ago haha. Just the number 9 for me. It’s got more significance than any of the players do.

    I could see Colo not staying too much longer though – purely because of his wages.

    But yeah, Tiote, Best, Harper were also at the shoot.

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  • Eyeball81

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #35

    Alrite lads seems quiet on the old transfer front today….any heard from Craigcoozy?

    Sounded like he got caught leaking info….

    Any news?

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  • Stuart

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #36

    @richy and Vive,

    Don’t worry, Tiote was at that photoshoot but he was modelling the home strip lol.

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  • connor_nufc

    Jun 23, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #37

    Here lads pardrew is on.his way to portugal, so any idea who he cud be looking at?

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  • Rather then Park Chu young

    We should steal Nolan Roux from Liverfool.

    Reasons:
    – 23 yr old Striker
    – French
    – 21 goals in 53 games
    – 6.5mill Release Clause
    – Scores some “Bum off seat goals”
    – Would be another step in our Hat Trick of Steals against Liverfool.

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  • CraigCoozy changed his name.

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  • Stuart

    Jun 23, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #40

    @connor – Where’d you hear that like?

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