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Alan Smith Joins Joe Cole In Villa Transfer Links

The Newcastle United Blog is talking about a report (which I can't currently find!) linking Aston Villa to Newcastle and former Leeds United striker/midfielder Alan Smith.

Smith moved from Manchester United to Newcastle last summer for £6million but the blog says that he'll find it tough to get too many games up front with all their strikers fit again.

They go on to claim a fee of around £4million might well be accepted.

Sunderland and Everton have also been linked. The blog says 'We fully expect Alan to move on before the end of August.'

Another report suggests that Liverpool have joined Villa in the chase for Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole.

a) I am not convinced we are chasing him
b) I am not convinced that Chelsea are looking to sell him
c) I am sure that Chelsea would not want to sell him to a close rival in Liverpool?
d) There is no d) but I'm enjoying myself making lists!

Apart from that, the reports could be 100% correct!!!!

Chelsea fans would be upset at the exit as they named the England international their player of the year last season however reports suggest he is unsettled with the arrival of Deco and if they also sign Robinho the midfielder might need to look for a new club for first team football.





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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 12 2008

Time: 12:44PM

Your Comments

"d) There is no d) but I'm enjoying myself making lists! " - Lol, nice one!
chelseaforever
Seems like we're going for last seasons players of the year with Cellaur and Cole......who next?
bentonm
Smith - NOOOOOOOO! I'd be even more downbeat than when we bought Marlene! However he has proven to be quite excellent so there's always the MON factor of Smith being turned around to his former glories....but could he play a whole season without being sent off? Is his leg injury limiting him - he might well be fit ebough for a medical but does that mean he is fit enough to be a top striker? I feel deep down that his best days are gone....Rather have Martins to be honest.
koolbill
bentonm: good point. I was thinking that MON likes t buy players who have won awards for their club, i.e Maloney - young SPL and Celtic player of season, wasn't NRC West Hams fave too?, Guzan was MVP in USA league, Friedel must've been BB's fans player of year, Cuellar cetainly was SPL player and Writers fave players, L Young was MBoros player of sesaon....I think I've cracked it....check if De La Red was players of season for his club and we know we;ve got him! Plus Cole....? Blood hell. Elementary Watson.
koolbill
There was an article over on club call mr fear. http://www.clubcall.com/aston-villa/smith-linked-villa-switch-770890.html I don't rate AS at all, not even with the MON effect running on all cylinders. Never rated him. I do however think it's interesting that MON didn't say he "hoped" to bring in some more players after cuellar but that "we will be bringing in more"... This to me suggests there are a few other deals close to completion or as good as done. Could see larsson, de la red and santa cruz being on the list... I'm also not convinced Luke Young is MON's first choice right back, it could be that he's still in for miguel.
johnnyuk
I got Shropshire vets player of the year!! I'll wait for his call!
johnmurphy3112
How old is Smith? If he's fit i don't think he it would be a bad signing at all. We still need numbers & Smith does have quality. He may (may) have had his best days before that awful injury at Man U but he will still get us goals. Carew and Gabby for me didn't put enough chances away wheras Smith is a proven goalscorer. We'll take him.
JeffBeck-TheLeftSide
You tit
koolbill
I'd have Larsson or Johnson of Man C to b honest Johnnyuk. De La Red and RSC would be a dream team thing even tho i know not about the De La Red. Fingers crossed eh?
koolbill
Dunno Jeff...it's a long shot but it might just work...throw him a 'chewit' quick!!!
koolbill
When has smith ever been proven to be anything other than a plonker? I don't remember him even with the services of ronaldo being prolific. Waste of space and wages if you ask me. I'd be happy to see johnson aswell koolbill.. Rumour on villa blog is that a big was put in for de la red, and would make sense as MON seems to be buying players with some sort of club/country connection. I think it's a pretty smart thing to do. Keeps his team spirit thing going.
johnnyuk
dont need Alan Smith.

Roque, De La Red, Joe Cole... come on!!!
I really hope we dont sign Alan Smith he used to be good but now a championship player
holte_ender8
I wouldn't touch Smith with somebody else's bargepole. NO THANKS!!
DoLpHiNaToR
RSC would be our best signing in years. Not sure I hold any substance to Joe Cole, but I have a sneaky feeling about Jaquin from Valencia.
edgley_1957
"There has been no offer for Silva from Barcelona," he continued. Joaquín maybe concerned after Soriano refused to rule out his sale this summer after Marca said that a bid of €15m would see talks begin with any interested parties.
edgley_1957
Alan Smith career strike rate of 1 in 5, more yellows than goals. Not much to be inspired by really. He hasn't even scored for the Barcodes yet.
DoLpHiNaToR
yep, not keen on Smith myslef. Quick look at his stats are newcastle played 33 no goals, man utd played 61 with 7 goals. So 7 from 94 is a bit rubbish. I'd rather go for shropshire vets player of the year or if we can't get him then del la red :)
tonybrum
to be fair to the lad he has been used more as a central defensive midfielder a lot - infact more than as a striker.
edgley_1957
Now that Cuellar seems more or less bagged, Spanish compatriot De La Red may be persuaded to come to VP??
bazzah
d) There is no d) but I'm enjoying myself making lists! AHAHAHH, FUNNY AS *****
Gruck
Cole won't leave chelsea, he's far too comfortable in the capital.
toffeetower
MON mentioned key players from other clubs. AS is not a key player so I dont expect him to come to Villa.
PaulG
I don't want Alan Smith, the bloke is a c*ck. And he's sh*gging that singer Dido. What she's seeing him for i'll never know, it can't be money she's a thousand times richer than him.
Villan-in-Cyprus
it would be the biggest shock of this window if SWP came to us -but we can but hope. Smith, yes more likely but I can;t see what he would add to our new European mission, except perhaps for another squad player like Harewood.
villacross
As much as we need another striker, i was thinking something along the lines of a smarter, goalscoring striker to play with JC, not Alan Smith. If we did buy him he'd be a squad player at best. But the dudes screwing Dildo? Fair play to him for that, she's fairly hot from what I can remember, even if she has got an annoying voice. Agree with what Johnnyuk said a bit further up the page though, MON saying "we will be bringing in more" rather than his usual "we're working on a few things" suggests that a few things must be close to fruition. Up the Villa :)
Mayo_12
johnnyuk - yes, I too hope Miguel will join us along with De La Red - both up to the quality standard we need.
villacross
Blimey, It's a close call but I reckon Villa have been linked with more players than us lot at Pompey. Smith could do well for you guys. Bear in mind that at United and Newcastle he was often used in midfield - to my mind he's still a striker.
NinjaTim
no no no no no no no. thankyou but no.
simonbigron
these reports go from the sublime to the ridiculous the later being alan smith who cant hit a barn door with a banjo and is not good enough for villa
Runtingz
No way Smith.
los_angeles_villan
I hope we are after Smith in the same way that we were after Paul Robinson
GCR_villlan
Smith is the definition of "Dirty Player". Whenever he tackles there is always afters, ie. an elbow or shove after the initial contact. In the same mould as Robbie Savage and no better.
Villan444
If hes a striker ninja tim he ain't very prolific, he is not what we need at all.
chris the villan
Id take Joe Cole but please not Alan Smith!
sportyvillain
hahaha thts a gd one jeff. am a toon fan nd smith a proven goalscorer?!?! he hasnt actually scord 1 competitive goal for us in 40 or so games. what is proven is that he'l get you plenty of cards. find it strange how teams like villa nd everton are linkd with him when he is so *****e with toon.
ScottyT17
I would rather eat a thousand vomit omlettes than sign smith, hes a complete ****head, i hate him and I'd prefer to play titus bramble up front!!!!!!!!! NNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
NorthcliffeBandit
No, no, no. Ffs, NO. Never was, never will be-no.
gwyllum18
Interesting article comments, reading between the lines, looks like a no then?!?!?!
The Fear
I dont like Smith either. Nothing personally, just he can't score goals, even though he is a striker as tonybrum stats showed, and he is injury prone! But the worst thing of all .... is his silly hair cut!
villa_de
In fact, I can believe that Toons want to sell him. He is just not delivering. I would rather have Oba Femi Martens! Owen is great too, if he can stay uninjured.
villa_de
Even if I was a Luton fan and he was willing to come to Kenilworth for nothing his arrival would still be cause for suicide!
NorthcliffeBandit
JeffBeck-TheLeftSide:A PROVEN GOALSCORER?????? 7 goals in 61 appearances for manure, 0 in 33 for the barcodes??? Take no personal offence but this guy is crap, the thought of him in a villa shirt is a genuine nightmare.
NorthcliffeBandit
Good God i think I'm going to puke....
NorthcliffeBandit
There's a young birmingham lad who plays at man city, villa supporter so i understand who has more of a scoring record than alan smith. Wonder if he's available on the cheap?
johnnyuk
NO way to alan smith. We do need another striker who can get goals for fun and possibly a midfielder of the creativity/attacking variety and then we should be challenging for the title!!!!
pksandell
There was a time when I'd have welcomed Smith to Villa Park with open arms, but I think those days are long gone. He's a pale shadow of the player he used to be.
glensider
Isn't Smith supposedly on the verge of a move to Everton? Having said that though, I hardly think that Keegan can afford to lose too many players, he's hardly bringing them in to St James Park. Could be a season of struggle ahead for NUFC.
glensider
NO to Alan Smith we dont need a striker who gets more yellow cards than goals a season !!!
Mr A Villa
Fair comment Mr A Villa. His reputation was heard to handle when he was at the top of his game, now that he's a pale shadow of the player who made Sven's first England squad, he's just not worth the gamble.
glensider
Joe Cole keeps at the top of his game bacause he knows full well that he has a fight on his hands to stay in the Chelsea starting line-up. A move to Villa Park would probably see him relapse to his West Ham days, knowing he was assured of a place, so not always giving of his best.
glensider
 

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