Newcastle are now prepared to let Alan Smith move out on loan in January.
Alan Smith – available to go out on loan
Smith has had a hard time getting any games at Newcastle this season, and he’s not on the bench too often either.
The news that the club will make Smith available for loan was sent out to clubs earlier in the week, and it will be interesting to see how many of them can afford Smith.
One problem with a loan deal will be Alan’s huge wages on Tyneside, which are said to be around £60K/week, and he will not be retained next summer, when his five year deal runs out at Newcastle.
Leeds United, his home town club, may be interested in Smith, but a similar deal in August could not be made because Leeds couldn’t afford to pay the part of Alan’s wages that Newcastle had requested.
The manager who signed him at Newcastle, Sam Allardyce, now at West Ham, could well be interested in securing Smith, to shore up West Ham’s promotion chances, and that looks a decent possibility.
Smith will turn 31 tomorrow, and the loan deal will give him the opportunity of playing, so he can secure a new deal at some other club in June.
This season Newcastle are very strong in central midfield with Cabaye, Tiote, Guthrie and 19 year-old top youngsters Haris Vuckic and Mehdi Abeid all pushing for the first team.
Smith has made just one appearance for the first team this season, and the former Leeds United and Manchester United player has made a total of 93 appearances for the side.
Even though Alan was signed initially as a striker, he has never scored a goal for Newcastle.
And it turns out that Alan Pardew will also allow Haris Vuckic to move to a club in January to get some playing time, and also 19 year-old Northern Ireland International left sided midfielder Shane Ferguson.
Both lads need games to to further their development, and we think both youngsters will be snapped up pretty quickly, since when they have played for the Newcastle first team they have certainly looked the part on Tyneside.