Everton are in pole position for Smith
Everton are favourites to pop Newcastle in the scramble to sign Manchester United striker Alan Smith. Sportsmail revealed exclusively yesterday that Newcastle had a £6million offer accepted by the Premiership champions on Friday. Smith has reluctantly accepted his Old Trafford career is coming to a close and has held initial talks before deciding where to move to. He has rejected the chance to talk to Middlesbrough, even though they had a bid accepted, and Aston Villa have so far failed to make an offer. Smith's preference is believed to be Everton but their bid may hinge on striker James Beattie's £4m departure to Sheffield United.
Simon Jones, Daily Mail