It was clear to anyone watching the Toffees’ 3-0 home defeat to Portsmouth that they are short of quality players. Indeed, one was left scratching their head as to how Everton managed to land fifth place last season, especially as they’re likely to finish fifth from bottom on current form. Nevertheless, help is at hand in the form of this Magpies striker-cum-midfielder.
Quite whether Alan Smith is the answer, although the Daily Mail report that the former Leeds and Manchester United forward is likely to sign for Everton on Monday. He’s clearly out of favour at St James’ Park at the moment, perhaps he should have bashed a few people in to get his manager’s attention.
Everton hope to complete the signing of Newcastle striker Alan Smith in a £3million deal on Monday.
Smith is expected at Goodison Park on Monday morning for a medical after Newcastle agreed to let the former Leeds and Manchester United player leave.
Everton boss David Moyes had hoped to sign Smith earlier in the transfer window only to walk into a row between boss Kevin Keegan and the Newcastle board.
But he was given the go-head to make a new bid over the weekend and acted quickly.
They still have to agree personal terms for Smith, who has yet to play for Newcastle this season and will leave without a goal to his name in 30 starts.
He may have to accept a cut in his £60,000-a-week deal at St James’ Park as he looks to rebuild his reputation.
Smith has only been at Newcastle for a season, yet he failed to score a single league goal last term, despite making 26 starts. While the majority of his appearances featured in midfield, it’s fair to say that his career has taken a backward step since leaving Leeds in 2004, where he scored 56 goals altogether. Will the 27-year-old get back on track under David Moyes? Everton fans, are you excited by this potential signing?