Monday, 27 October 2008

Hull To Make January Swoop For Newcastle's Smith?

Premier League debutantes Hull City are set to offer Newcastle United’s Alan Smith a way out of St James’ Park by offering the former Manchester United player a loan move to the KC Stadium, with a view to a £3million permanent transfer next summer, according to the News of the World.

Former Magpies boss Kevin Keegan had tried to sell 27-year-old Smith during the summer, with Premiership rivals Everton showing an initial interest before deciding to bring in Louis Saha to Goodison Park from Man United.

Now it has emerged that Tigers boss Phil Brown is ready to make a move for Smith in January, with the former Derby County boss eager to add the versatile Smith, who can play in midfield or as a striker to his high flying squad at the Yorkshire side as He looks to continue Hull’s fairytale start to their debut top-flight season. Which sees the Tigers 3rd in the Premier League after nine games.

Smith has been at Newcastle since his £6million transfer from the European Champions in 2007 and has made 33 appearances for the North East club, but is deemed surplus to requirements at the Toon, with an initial loan move to Hull in January likely before a £3million permanent switch next summer for the former England International.

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