Newcastle’s Top Free Agents Find New Clubs


Two of Newcastle’s free agents have fixed themselves up at new clubs, with Danish International Peter Lovenkrands joining Lee Clark at Birmingham City, and former England International Alan Smith joining MK Dons, the club he played for on loan since January.

Peter Lovenkrands – in Birmingham colors

Alan Smith was offered a coaching role by Alan Pardew at Newcastle, but it seems he wants to keep playing a few more years.

This is that statement MK Dons released on 31 year-old Alan:

“The former Manchester United and England star was a huge hit with the fans during his loan period with the club last season and always expressed his desire to stay at stadiummk.

“After battling against a number of other clubs for Smith’s signature, Karl Robinson will be delighted at sealing the permanent signing of his number one summer target.”

Alan suffered a very serious broken ankle while at Manchester United and that curtailed hios play as a striker and he settled in as a holding midfielder and played very well for Newcastle during out relegation season.

Peter signed a two year deal at Birmingham, where Lee Clark is the manager, and Peter had this to say about his new club:

“Birmingham is a fantastic club, I have no problem being in the championship, it’s a tough league, I was there with Newcastle and enjoyed it.”

“Birmingham have great fans, I’m looking forward to trying to get some goals for them”

Peter was one of the main goalscorers for Newcastle in the Championship promotion season, hitting 16 goals in just 32 appearances, and he can still knock that ball into the back of the net.

Alan Smith played 94 times for Newcastle and 35 times in our promotion season and was signed from Manchester United by big Sam Allardyce for £6M in the summer of 20007, and 32 year-old Peter played 84 times with 29 goals, since he was signed as a free agent bu Joe Kinnear,  from Schalke 04 in January of 2009.

We thank both players for their time at Newcastle, and both were first class professionals on Tyneside, and we especially thank them for their sterling work in our promotion season – it’s very much appreciated.

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224 comments so far

  • coatesy17

    Jul 10, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #1

    i for one would Applaud Peter lovenkrands, Leon Best, Danny Guthrie and Even smithy if we get to see them again, Best of luck to all of them! sad to see them go but equally excited for the new replacements!

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  • coatesy17

    Jul 10, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #2

    oh and 1st! i shall make Beattie’s Blogger team yet 😉

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jul 10, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #3

    Always been a big fan of the Lover man, thought he was excellent when we were in the Championship. Consummate professional.

    Smudge was also a beast in the Championship season, just couldn’t make the step up for the Prem and I suppose it isn’t his fault he was given such a ludicrously cushy contract. Just serves to show that the club is now run in a totally different way.

    Would like to thank both of them though for their hard work and commitment for the club. Would be warmly welcomed back

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  • markmac

    Jul 10, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #4

    good luck to both of them, we just need to find there replaements now

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  • nufc786

    Jul 10, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #5

    best of luck to all of them…. i will not forget how they picked us up during the championship and helped us up to the prem… wish them well for the future……

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  • martoon

    Jul 10, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #6

    Repost as applicable to this blog:-
    Joking aside, it is slightly worrying that we are moving out fringe players such as Lovenkrands & Guthrie and not replacing them let alone strengthening the squad.
    It could well be we are gathering in funds before spending and using brinkmanship for our targets but still slightly worrying

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  • toonincheek

    Jul 10, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #7

    Sort of off-topic, but just wanted to say –

    Ed – you are a **** man.

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  • Toonboy_84

    Jul 10, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #8

    Good luck to these lads. Just not quite up 2 where we are trying to get. Good lads though.

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jul 10, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #9

    martoon

    the way i see it the players were moving out we already have replacements for, sammy ameobi, abeid, vukic gosling, amilfitano, bigirimama all just as good if not better (bar guthrie) as the players that are being shipped out, i think were deffo making space from the wage bill and that tho, expect to see atleast 2 or 3 new faces imo

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  • blogkiller

    Jul 10, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #10

    martoon
    i understand what u are saying but u have seen how our targets have been really difficult to buy as dejong and douglas show tht… i mean before lovenkrands and guthrie left we were making moves for both de jong and douglas … we have a plan but we are finding it difficult to meet asking prices and such…

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  • toonincheek

    Jul 10, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #11

    martoon – I think Guthrie is the only solid standin for the 1st team that we haven’t replaced.
    The others – scarcely fringe.
    We have quite a few coming back, Sammy, Marveaux, we aren’t really much down on 1st-teamers or regular bench players.

    But we DO need more players with the extra games.
    I’m hoping for a couple of players plus a few of the younger fringe players (Sammy, Fergie, Vukic) to come through.

    Agree that Tav needs more experience before he can get a regular place on the bench.

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jul 10, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #12

    have no fear people, pardew and that arent stupid, they obviously kno what they need to bring in and what youngsters can make the step up this year, forgot ferguson aswell off my list

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  • Nick 69

    Jul 10, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #13

    Gateshead-Mag – totally agree, I don’t think we need to replace the older fringe players, personally they just get in the way of our youngster progressing and I think the youngsters we have in and around the squad are more than ready to step up and replace Guthrie, Loven, Smith etc. The only players we need to bring in are players to improve our first team and a few development players

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  • Peter

    Jul 10, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #14

    cant wait to see how we do in europe and hopefully see lots of players breakthrough this season with the fergusons vuckic sammeobi and new young signings i believe we only really need a new cb rb and a non african st and we could potentially do even better than last season who knows maybe a cup 😛

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jul 10, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #15

    spot on, id far rather see abeid brought on or vukic than even guthrie during a game, if we want our youngsters to become top players they need to be given the chance,

    wev seen glimses of ferguson, sammy and co and what iv seen of them exites me far more than lovenkrands or guthrie could hope to do these days,

    not nokin guthrie loverman smith any of them because theyve played their hearts out for our club, just think there time has gone

    onwards and upwards

    Amen

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Jul 10, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #16

    Good luck to all them players,served us well and wish them well. So looking forward to next season. Why can’t we play all year round?. One player I am most looking forward to watch is Vuckic. Really hopes he gets more game time and more importantly stay injury free. He looked very good in pre-season last year and in a few games he played.

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  • seantoon

    Jul 10, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #17

    Anyone heard anything about Kadar? Thought he was a free agent

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  • Jonny

    Jul 10, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #18

    Our game against Monaco on monday is live on ESPN.

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  • Peter

    Jul 10, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #19

    yay been too long not seeing newcastle play! feels like about a whole 2 MONTHS far too long

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 10, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #20

    I am not panicking, but may i say, compared to last season we have a weaker squad (after releases and sales) and we have a tougher league with southampton reading and WHU (none will go down IMHO) and more matches with Europa

    So, need to put the put down

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  • nufc 11

    Jul 10, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #21

    The number 7,8,11,20 are now free wonder who will end up the new numbers love to see tiote in the 8, Sammey in the 11 and a toss up between vuckic and marveaux for 7

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  • Jonny

    Jul 10, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #22

    We are playing Fenerbache on 21st July also live on ESPN. Confirmed on the ESPN website:
    http://tv.espn.co.uk/oo/espl/tv-schedule/

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 10, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #23

    Need to foot down i mean

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  • Mark29Hungary

    Jul 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #24

    Good luck lads!

    Smudge was a real leader in Leeds but it was long time ago and now he’s too slow and circumstantial. He’s not enough to the PL, but he’s better than play for MK Dons.

    I don’t know, I hoped Leeds sing him, and he can end his career his first club.

    Löven was one of my favorite players, but I think he and Shola are the same category. Ba and Cisse are our top strikers. Beheind them were Shola, Löven and Best.

    We need a young striker talent like Guidetti.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 10, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #25

    Indian

    if Abeid, Vuckic, Fergy, Amalfitano, Biggi, Tav and young Sameobi have any kind of impact this season I won’t say we are worse of so far this season.

    I do agree with the majority that key areas need to be strengthen 🙂 but I as sure Pardew knows that.

    I would suggest both DL and LC to work at the speed of light as Carr cause they are a bit slow at tightening up our transfer targets 😉

    …for heaven sake Carr has identified them along time ago. Maybe it’s all that vacationing they are doing when it’s transfer season 😉 lol

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  • Beardo

    Jul 10, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #26

    It’s felt like big news has been imminent for an eternity 🙁

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  • Peter

    Jul 10, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #27

    what happened to the Curtis Good signing

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  • Beardo

    Jul 10, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #28

    It’s shrouded in hearsay.

    Nice to meet you, Peter, I’m Beardo.

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  • Spellcheck

    Jul 10, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #29

    Does anyone know when draw( stage when NUFC enter) 4 europa league is?? Good luck Loverman,done a great job in championship season.

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  • walton1984

    Jul 10, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #30

    Ramdom Question, I have been on Nufc.co.uk a few time and looked at the pictures of them training but have seen not one with Colo on. Does anyone know where he is

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  • Peter

    Jul 10, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #31

    shame. Beardo it’s nice to meet you too 😀

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  • Spellcheck

    Jul 10, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #32

    PS: are you in training 4waterboy job Indian? lol

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  • blogkiller

    Jul 10, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #33

    25/06/12

    Nyon

    First and second qualifying round

    20/07/12

    Nyon

    Third qualifying round

    10/08/12

    Nyon

    Play-off round

    31/08/12

    Monaco

    Group stage

    14/12/12

    Nyon

    Round of 32 and round of 16

    15/03/13

    Nyon

    Quarter-finals, semi-finals and final

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  • Spellcheck

    Jul 10, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #34

    Nice one Blogkiller but which round do the mighty Toon enter?

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  • hoppernufc

    Jul 10, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #35

    Bit off topic but anyone got any jobs going or know anyone who has in Newcastle or surrounding areas? Just been layed off and in need of work, cheers

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  • blogkiller

    Jul 10, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #36

    we go in at the play off round…..

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  • Spellcheck

    Jul 10, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #37

    @35 If Indian doesnt fancy his opportunity theirs a vacancy goin!!

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 10, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #38

    Another day another no news. What are the odds of us not buying anyone else?

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  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Jul 10, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #39

    All these signings every day are getting too much, they’re all so exciting!!

    …oh…

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 10, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #40

    any body tired, i ve got water, any one water water

    No one

    I quit

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