Price hike hits Newcastle's Smith's switch to Everton

Alan Smith

Smith: Set to stay at troubled Newcastle

Everton missed out on striker target Alan Smith on deadline day after discovering his price tag had gone up.

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.

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