Everton have been frustrated with the lack of transfer activity at Goodison Park. The Toffees have been angered by Sporting Lisbon's valuation of Joao Moutinho.
Everton earlier had a ₤11 million bid rejected for the Portuguese midfielder as the club are holding out for ₤20 million.
Everton are hoping to let Andy Johnson go to Fulham for ₤13 million to boost their transfer resources.
₤3 million for Manchester United's Darren Fletcher might appear a bargain, but is ₤1.5 million a bargain for Alan Smith.
Alan Smith who started out his career for Leeds United before moving on to Manchester United and eventually Newcastle United has notscored for the Magpies since the first time he put on the Newcastle shirt (Newcastle's pre-season friendly against Sampdoria)
That means no goals for Newcastle in the previous 33 appearances, there's no need for math here. What's his scoring rate?
"Smudge" who had been troubled by a horrific injury has come back but hasn't really shown the form with which he once won the hearts of Leeds United fans, and at a time even the Red Devils.
Given his form and statistics, is ₤1.5 million still a bargain for Alan Smith?