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Smith Set For St. James' Move?

It is widely believed that Sam Allardyce has won the race for the signature of Alan Smith.

Smudger's United career has not been a real success story: started brightly in the autumn of 2004, the Yorkshireman lost his place in the team when Ruud, Rooney and Saha all recovered. Used as a defensive midfielder next season, Smith never really got going and a horrible fracture at Anfield in January 2006 seemed to have ended his career at us.

However, he recovered, played some good matches, notably against Roma but seemed to have lost a yard of pace. Though it's been rumoured he might be offloaded, Smith stressed he wanted to stay as far as the club needs him. It seems though it doesn't.

Sam Allardyce could well use a striker like Smith: fiery character with a combative streak and a never-say-die attitude - and he's quite good at playing football, too. Michael Owen's reportedly got a get-out clause in his contract so despite the addition of Mark Viduka, it's not surprising that Allardyce wants to bolster his strikeforce.

Reports suggest that the clubs have agreed a fee of Ł3,5M - a ridicoulus amount if you ask me considering how the prices of British players are rocketing upwards nowadays. A fee around Ł5 or 6 million would be realistic.

I'd be sad, of course, to see Smith go but it's up to him: he could be a useful backup but he'll never be a first-team regular: he's simply not good enough. If he goes, he does so with my best wishes, if he stays, I'll be glad.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 22 2007

Time: 2:10PM

Your Comments

i saw a reported fee of 3.5 million now that is just ridiculous i would expect t least 6
rooneyisgod
I don't belive what I read in the papers till I see it
mattweeden
3.5 million for Alan Smith, thats a joke in my opinion he is realistically worth at least 5 million easy. He is a great player, but i think he would do better at a smaller club, so he could have a chance to shine rather than in a club full of quality players. he was fantastic at Leeds and i just think he hasn't ever topped that with you guys (injury was bad though)
pandapops
He aint going to Geordie land he is coming to Boro
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