Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has paid tribute to departing veteran Alan Smith.

Potential suitors have yet to show their hand, but wherever Smith goes, he leaves St James' Park with a ringing endorsement from Pardew.

"I can't praise Alan highly enough as a person," Pardew said.

"It's been difficult for him to get in the side, and he went out on loan.

"His professionalism around the place has been brilliant. It was a joy to work with him."