‘Greedy Newcastle United’ stop Everton signing striker

The transfer window has shut and, while there was plenty of excitement thanks to some high-profile manoeuvrings , there were a handful of players who didn’t get the moves that they were looking for. This includes a Newcastle striker who now remains on the sidelines at St James’ Park, although perhaps a new manager will have faith in him!

The Daily Mail reports that Alan ‘Smudger’ Smith was all set to join Everton on Monday, before Newcastle decided to try and exact a little more than £2.8 million from the Merseyside club. The result was that the transfer didn’t go through.

Everton believed they already had a £2.8m deal agreed and expected Smith to arrive for a medical to clinch the move.

But they walked away from the transfer when Newcastle asked for more money to complete the move.

Everton had spent the summer chasing Smith and thought they had him in the bag in August after brokering a deal, but Kevin Keegan’s refusal to sanction the transfer stalled the switch.

They made their second move after Newcastle gave the forward the green light to give his career a fresh start last week.

But the late change in his price tag forced Everton to reconsider

their options and they backed out of the deal.

So Alan Smith remains at the Tyneside club, can he force his way back into the first-team reckoning? It doesn’t appear as though Keegan rates him as a midfielder, and if Shola Ameobi is getting picked ahead of you up front, you know it’s an uphill struggle ahead! Everton fans, are you disappointed to have missed out on the former Leeds man?

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