News tonight that Newcastle are willing to help their former captain Alan Smith move to his home town club, Leeds United on loan, for the remaining year of his contact.
Alan Smith – Magpies willing to pay half his wages next season
Smith is on a reported massive £60K/week on Tyneside, and that wage would be prohibitive for Leeds to get anywhere near matching if they were to sign Smith, who has been offered as a free agent in the transfer market, even though he still has one year left on his contract.
The Sun is reporting that Newcastle are willing to pay around half of his wages – £30K a week – and help Leeds United with the finances of taking Smith on loan next seaosn.
The additional wages Leeds are able to pay are said to be around £15K/week, and that’s not peanuts for a Championship side, but eminently more affordable to the famous Yorkshire club, than £60K/week.
It means Smith would be getting £45K/week next seaosn if he moved on loan to Leeds, whereas if he stayed on Tyneside, which is his legal right of course, he would be getting the full £60K/week, but would hardly play for the first team on Tyneside next season.
It seems almost a dream move for Alan, apart from the drop in wages of course, because he started at his home town club back in 1997 and he scored on his debut when just 18 years old against Liverpool in 1998.
Smith was part of the famous Leeds United side that reached the semifinals of the 2000–2001 European Champions League under then manager David O’Leary.
Alan could score goals too back in those days too, and in 226 total appearances for Leeds he scored 57 goals, and of course played for England as a striker back then too.
He has never scored a senior goal for Newcastle in his four years on Tyneside, but he did hit the bar at least once, with a terrific shot in the promotion season, as we recall.
Alan is said to be on vacation in America at the moment, soaking up the sun over here, and he will be deciding where his future lies, presumably before he returns for pre-season training this coming Monday.
We think it would be an excellent opportunity for Alan next season, to help Leeds United get back to where they belong – the Premier League.