The S*n reports that although Alan Smith is on his way to Goodison Park, Toon boss Kevin Keegan is actually pretty desperate for him to stay at St James’ Park.
Apparently the sale of Smith is the last thing that KK wants, what with his entire strikeforce being crocked, but owner Mike Ashley wants Smithy and his fat pay packet escorted off the premises ASAP.
On Wednesday, Keegan insisted Smith was going nowhere — only for owner Ashley to put his foot down and demand the former Manchester United man is flogged off.
Smith, 27, has been a flop at St James’ Park since his £6m move from Old Trafford last summer and has not scored in 37 games.
But Michael Owen, Mark Viduka and Obafemi Martins are all crocked so, at present, he is the Toon’s ONLY fit striker. (The S*n)
So is Smithy worth fighting for, or should Keegan ease his wage total and let him toddle off to Goodison?