Ex-Leeds United star Alan Smith told he can leave Newcastle United UPDATED

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Newcastle United are willing to listen to any offers to get Alan Smith off their books - with the ex-Leeds United star told he can leave Tyneside.

Smith was signed for £6 million from Manchester United by then manager Sam Allardyce during the summer of 2007, and although he was a key figure as the Magpies fought their way back into the Premier League, his chances last season were severely limited by a nasty ankle injury.

In addition, he is among the biggest earners at St James’ and with owner Mike Ashley seeking to control expenditure on wages, his departure has become almost inevitable.