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Smith 'Close' To Rovers Move

Smith 'Close' To Rovers Move

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce is close to sealing a £2.5m deal for Newcastle utility player Alan Smith.

The Rovers chief has been targeting the ex-Man United player since Newcastle hilariously got relegated and talks are apparently at 'advanced' stages according to various sources.

Newcastle would of liked to have kept Smith but cannot afford his Premier League wages. In fact, Smith is even going to be taking a substantial cut in his £60,000 a week wages to join the Allardyce movement.

Smith failed to settle with the Magpies after being signed from Manchester United for £5m two seasons ago during Big Sam's ill fated reign in the north east.

A succession of injuries left him spending most of his time in the St James`s Park treatment room without him ever able to demonstrate his undoubted talent.

Allardyce has a history of getting the best out of players who are 'injury prone' and Smith has the ability but he needs to stay on the field of play.

Keep your eyes on this one boys and girls...

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Writer:Mikey Delap
Date:Thursday June 4 2009
Time: 8:03AM

Comments

0
l'd be happy with thisbut Sam needs to concentrate on getting the best out of him as he is a sleeping giant.
Mikey D
04/06/2009 08:33:00
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mikey do you sleep? lol
sasman
04/06/2009 09:08:00
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Afew years ago, I went to watch our youth team play Leeds at Thorpe Arch. Smithy was training on his own after an injury. He had a bad rep at the time, however, he was a total gentleman and friendly, chatting with the Rovs supporters. I like him.
nut all
04/06/2009 09:32:00
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lol Sas... it is 9.30 here, I am just having a micne around before work! What time you on over there?!?!
Mikey D
04/06/2009 09:36:00
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I really don't want Smith at Rovers. What problem exactly will he solve. He can't play up front, and he's not a creative midfielder. He's just a slightly better Keith Andrews these days.
Money4midfield
04/06/2009 09:48:00
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Smith can be ok, if we work out wot position he will play, as Money4 says he's not a creative midfielder (as you would expect from a one time striker) he hasnt played up front in sooooo long - can he still do it, cos at Leeds I thought he looked the part as a striker.... but i agree again with wot will Smith being at Rovers solve apart from adding to the squad???
Clint
04/06/2009 09:52:00
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almost 7pm matey lol
sasman
04/06/2009 09:55:00
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He is English - if the restrictions on the number of foreign players comes in we will need more English or 'homegrown' players - I mentioned this a while back and it sounds like UEFA/FIFA are going along with it.
FreidelNo.1
04/06/2009 10:43:00
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i just been watching a few vids of smith and he seems good as a defensive midfielder but we dont need one.. maybe he will get a shot up front again? i think hes an excellent player when fully fit so id buy him 2.5million? anything happening with nolan? i thought we was interested at one point.. and the tuncay rumors have gone quiet :(
scottrover
04/06/2009 10:46:00
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I wouldn't waste £2.5m on him. He could be a decent acquisition but only for a bargain fee and relegated egos have no right asking for that much for a player who made his first appearance of last season in the closing games. £1m tops for me. But like the consensus - I don't know where he would play.
roversman
04/06/2009 11:12:00
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