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Newcastle close to signing Manchester United's Smith, Lyon defender Cacapa

Newcastle close to signing Manchester United's Smith, Lyon defender Cacapa

Newcastle is close to signing Manchester United striker Alan Smith and Lyon defender Cacapa.
Newcastle has agreed to a transfer fee with United for England international Smith and is in talks with Cacapa, who won five French league titles with Lyon.
Smith, who has been linked with Middlesbrough and Everton, would reportedly cost about 6 million pounds (US$12.2 million; euro8.9 million).
"He has other clubs to consider and I am hoping we are top of his list," Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce said.
Newcastle has already signed Smith's former Leeds teammate Mark Viduka in the offseason. Smith and Viduka played up front together for Leeds for four years and were on the team that reached the semifinals of the Champions League in 2001.
The 31-year-old Cacapa has played three times for Brazil but became a French citizen last year.
"He has been captain of Lyon for the past five years and for every one of those five years they have won the French title, so obviously he has a lot of Champions League experience," Allardyce said. "We are hoping everything goes OK with his medical and we can agree a deal with his people."
Allardyce, who had already signed four players since taking over in May, was set to sell England midfielder Kieron Dyer to West Ham.
Dyer wants to leave Newcastle to move closer to his children, who live in Ipswich, east England.
"Kieron has agreed (to) a deal so I would have thought he'll finish up where he needs to sort out his family problems," Allardyce said. "From our point of view and his, it's a satisfactory result. It's good to get a swift resolution to it rather than it dragging on."
West Ham would reportedly pay about 6 million pounds (US$12.2 million; euro8.9 million) to reunite Dyer with his former Newcastle teammate Lee Bowyer. The pair were sent off for fighting each other during a match against Aston Villa in 2005.


Updated : 2021-10-19 06:52 GMT+08:00