Newcastle are ready to send forgotten man Alan Smith out on loan to the Championship, with former club Leeds United and West Ham believed to be heading the queue of interested parties reports the Daily Mirror.

The 30-year-old midfielder is in the final year of his £60,000-a-week contract, and with his future on Tyneside looking bleak, Smith will use the opportunity to put himself in the shop window in an attempt to earn a new deal.

Having been on the fringes at St James' Park for the past year, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is keen for Smith to gain some much needed first-team action elsewhere.

Leeds boss Simon Grayson has previously failed in an attempt to bring the player back to Elland Road, but his renewed availability could now make a move possible.

However, Leeds will likely face competition for his signature from fellow promotion hopefuls West Ham - it was Hammers boss Sam Allardyce who signed Smith for Newcastle for £6million in 2007, when he was formerly manager there.

Smith has been limited to just a solitary substitute appearance for Newcastle this season, against Fulham back in August - so will welcome the chance for some regular action at either West Ham or Leeds.

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