Leeds United Cannot Afford To Take Alan Smith On Loan

Newcastle were hoping they could loan out their former captain, Alan Smith, to his former club Leeds United for next season, but that will not happen.

Alan Smith – his high wages are preventing a loan move to Leeds

It turns out that Leeds cannot afford to pay the £1M of Alan’s £3M in wages,  for that deal to go through, so it’s not worth it to Newcastle either.

Alan will get very few games in the Newcastle first team this coming season, with top Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote the current holder of the central defensive midfield at Newcastle, and Tiote  was one of Newcastle’s best players in his first season at the club last season.

Central midfielders Yohan Cabaye and 18 year-old Slovenian  Haris Vuckic have  both impressed in pre-season, and given that Joey Barton, Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling can also play in central midfield, Smith will see very little first team action next season.

Leeds United chairman Ken Bates has admitted there is little chance of  their former player Alan Smith returning to Leeds on loan for next season, and this is what Bates said today to Yorkshire Radio:

“We were interested in Alan Smith. Alan Smith was prepared to consider coming to us. He was on £3M a year and Newcastle wanted a £1M a year contribution.”

“As I have said before, £1M plus government tax equals £1.15 million, we cannot afford it, it is as simple as that.”  “The result is of course that Newcastle have a player they don`t particularly want,”

Smith has been put on the transfer  transfer list at Newcastle as a free agent, even though he has one year left on his five year contract, but if Newcastle are going to pay the vast percentage of  Alan’s wages next season, why would they let him go  play for Leeds?

Smith will be available as a free agent next summer, and Leeds United must be in with a very good chance of signing their former player.

Comments welcome.

72 comments so far

  • BonVoyageBenny

    Aug 10, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #1

    This is gonna sound daft, but Smith impressed me in pre-season. He performed the ball winning midfielders role well, and seems to have worked on his passing and movement. I believe that when Tiote is out, Smith might get more games than we predict…

  • The-Ciaran8

    Aug 10, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #2

    What are Catagory C games this season?

  • pizzicatochan

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Just put Smith on the deal of acquiring Max Gradel or Robert Snodgrass. How tough is this?

  • Andy

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #4

    Ciaran my guess would be the promoted sides wigan and Blackburn

  • The-Ciaran8, QPR, Norwich, Swansea.

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #6

    I dont know if this helps but Liverpool class Category C games as the following:

    Category C games: Swansea City, WBA, Stoke City, Wigan Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers

    So maybe that can be used as a guide as to what games you’ll be able to exchange your ticket for.

  • Mags

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #7

    The-Ciaran8 – I would suggest the likes of Norwich Blackburn or that type of team

  • Stuart

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #8

    pizzicatochan – Because then Smith would have to take a massive paycut. If Leeds can’t afford to contribute 1m towards his wages, how would they pay 3m a year?

  • The-Ciaran8

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Thanks guys, Much appreciated. Would like to see swansea Or WBA out of that lot i think.

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Ken Bates is trying to sound like newcastle are the bad guys but the fact they’re willing to pay 2/3 of smiths wages whilst hes out on loan is more then enough i think…

  • richard

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #11

    mustbe some youngun from leeds we could get in a deal for smith. he wont feature much if at all so need him off payroll

  • Odds on Joey Barton to sign for Arsenal. Price collapsed to 5/6 from 7/1.

  • tequilamag

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #13

    Bates makes me laugh, its like a beggar bitchin u only gave him a tenner when he wanted fifteen

  • Stuart

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #14

    You couldnt just stick Smith into a deal with a leeds player because he’d still have to agree terms with leeds, and he isnt going to leave a 3m a year contract to not even earn a third of what he was on here.

    Unfortunately we’re stuck with the useless sh1te until his contract runs out.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #15

    we must get rid of this guy and xisco with him also Perch


    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Here Are Ten fist class players that would walk into a lot of prem teams

    Ben Arfa

    That’s a really Impressive Group of players ..Agreed?

    Then there is these few who could become part of that group

    Gosling, Vuckic, Williamson, Forster, Tavernier.

    You will Notice I mention no Strikers ?

    That’s Because we have no one really outstanding

    Best, Ba, Lovenkrands, Shola, Just letting the whole thing down really.

    We have the makings of a great team with the first 11 Players I mention. Notice there is no strikers I can really include in that list . I would like to But just calling it like it is.

    Desperate for 2 top class strikers.


    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Real Short odds on Barton Going to Arsenal.

  • rossarino

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #18

    Interesting that Skysports have Obertan listed as number 9 on their Newcastle squad page!!!!! If you look at Ameobi story and then his profile the squad comes up as well. Thoughts?


    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #19

    Just seen a chav running down the street with a arm full of chicken tikka masala, think he got confused when his mate said they’re robbing currys.

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #20

    Don’t read too much into the odds.. remember when N’Zogbia was odds on to sign for us?

  • Stuart

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #21

    Online Guy – West ham bought Ba for £7m in January, he then scored 6 in 12 or something like that, which would add at least £3m to his price tag. So if we’d had to pay for him he would’ve been £10m.

    Would he have been hailed as the big summer signing then and the striker problem solved?

    I want another striker as much as everyone on here, but Ba will definately deliver this season aswell imo.

  • jimiley

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #22

    Smudger could turn out to be the surprise of the season. He is well rested and must be looking to repay the club the vast wages he gets. He has played 96 games for us in midfield and up front and has never scored a goal. I know he would be ashamed to go 100 games without scoring (it might even be a world record!!!) so expect Smudger to score in his first few games. When he has got his confidence back, I reckon he might score a dozen or so goals this season. Come on Smudger, make those disbelievers eat their words!!!

  • I blame the schools for dropping folk dancing as part of their curriculum for the riots in England.

    It’s very hard to be a macho rioting thug after your mates have seen you dancing the Gay Gordon.


    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #24

    Here’s A thought

    Sports Di-rectum Made £380 million last year clear profit
    £200 million up on last year

    £380 million and Ashley Cant buy us a piddling little Striker For say £10 mill, a third out of the £35 million That we got for one player..

    £380 million and he cant buy us a top class striker

    Does that now Show all Newcastle fans that
    Sports direct comes first .?

    One Little top class striker .. £380 million.


    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #25


    I dont rate him as any better than Shola.

    And we Didnt pay £10 million for him, and if we had I would have thought we were robbed big time !

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #26


    But he also just lost £280m in the past few weeks because of the economic crisis. nufc and sports direct are seperate businesses….


    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #27


    Barton Went from 12/1 down to 6/5 !

    I pray that they are wrong Biff

  • OttersPocket

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #28

    What has sports direct got to Do with us signing players!! I’m sure the share holders will be happy to use the money for Newcastle! So when their profits dip you will be happy if he sells someone and uses money to help sports direct!


    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #29


    Yeah Biff but he also Just sold 2 of His company’s for well More than that ,,Christ whats your Argument Biff? He has the £Money£!!!!! You aint got no Argument quoting that at me …

  • bosamuelson

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #30

    Online guy, give it a rest!!!


    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #31

    online guy, go back to school

  • Irie-Magpie

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #32

    Off topic but STaylor has being our top (1st team) scorer so for, if he stays fit he should be on top form this season, anybody else share this opinion?


    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #33

    Biff it was £200 mil paper money ..Latest fig’s yesterday was that the market had gathered pace and he got a lot of it back over night !..Check the figures’ Wall Street etc.

    Here’s us talking about Millions and Where Ashley’s money Goes And comes from… And he dont give 2 F***s

  • Lachu

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #34

    Ed – obertan hasnt touched the ball for toon
    Harper servered us for 17yrs .
    put harpers pic in the header


    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #35

    Otters Pocket .

    .Just making the comparison with Sports Directs profits £380 million ..And the wee £35 million we received recently ..and it seems like he Cant Help In buying us a top striker..His own personal pocket money fortune (over a Billion)could stand Buying us a top strker or 2 dont you think? We have no decent top strikers ..Ba etc is not the answer. The Team looks great until you look at our strikers.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #36

    But Ed, if Leeds don’t have £ 1 mil. to spend on this wages now, why on earth do you think they will have money to spend on his wages next year when he’s a free agent?

    Ken Bates is just looking for a cheap deal for them; what a dousback…

    Guess you can’t blame him; but guess you can’t blame NUFC for turning him down.


    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #37

    Otters Pocket

    Never mentioned Taking sports directs money to buy a striker as you say I did. Got that wrong didnt ya ! Wrong again Otter.. go back to sleep.

  • Irie-Magpie

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #38

    Online’… save the postmortem until after the games have played Ba-ba is a proven striker and will score goals.


    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #39


    You just got out of School Son? You Cheeky Little Bas***d

  • v FrA NuFc 8

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #40

    Online Guy I really don’t know why your arguing about the finance :S you don’t know the exact amount of money spent, profit made etc all ingoings and outgoings regarding sports direct and newcastle. We all don’t know!


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