Chris Hughton: Alan Smith won’t be sold

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Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton has no intention of selling Alan Smith in the January transfer window.

The former Leeds United and Manchester United star has been a peripheral figure at St James' Park this season with Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City reportedly interested in securing his services.

However, Hughton said:"It's even more important now that we don't lose players. I don't anticipate anyone coming in when the transfer window opens in January and, if that's the case, I don't want anyone going out.

"Alan is certainly in contention to play against Bolton. He has been a fantastic player for us and, irrespective of whether he is playing or not, he's a good player to have around.

"It is always difficult for a player who is not playing when he is used to playing and Smithy is no different. It is never an easy time but that is the nature of the game.

"We have a competitive squad and the fact he has been left out underlines how well Cheick Tiote has done. Smith understands that.

"He is very conscious of the spirit we try to work on here and he is very much part of that. Smith did very well when he played at the start of the season."

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