Alan Smith has been linked with a move away from Newcastle on loan when January rolls around.
Alan Smith – likely to go on loan in January
But to hear Alan talk today, he very much wants to stay at Newcastle through June, when his contract runs out, and he talks about the Newcastle club’s new policy, and that every player is needed this season at Newcastle.
The news recently was that West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce – who signed Alan for £6M from Manchester United in August of 2007 – is said to want the player on loan, to assist the London club in their promotion bid.
The problems before with Alan going out on loan, were the high high wages Newcastle are paying the player, which are around £60K/week.
But if West Ham can pay those wages for the last six months of his Newcastle contract, there seems no reason why that deal couldn’t go through.
Smith did get a game yesterday afternoon in the Reserve’s 2-0 win at Wigan, but he has little chance of getting many games in the first team this season, since central midfield is now a strong area of the Newcastle squad, with players like Cabaye, Tiote, Guthrie, Gosling, Abeid and Vuckic.
This is what Alan told the local press today:
“I take each game as it comes, and try to help everybody have a successful season,”
“It’s a long season, and we need each and every player to be committed to the club. We’ve seen that over the last couple of years.”
“There’s been a change of the guards, and the people that (stayed really care about the club. It’s about the club itself.”
“We saw it in the Championship and last season. The manager’s touched on it – the second season in the Premier League’s tough.”
“The club’s ambitions are to finish in that top 10,” “The club have changed their policy, and are bringing in younger players who will develop, and are hungry.”
“If they can develop, the club can too, and then go in the right direction. That’s what the club foresees for the next few seasons coming forward.”
“It will be about buying 20-25 year-olds and developing them. If the team finishes in the top 10, they can push on from there.”
We think there has to be a very good chance that Alan will get a loan deal with West Ham in January.
And that’s because the London club seem to have the money to be able to afford a significant chunk of Alan Smith’s wages, and the former England International could also help West Ham in their promotion bid.
What do you think?