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?