Potential suitors have yet to show their hand, but wherever Smith goes, he leaves St Jamesâ€™ Park with a ringing endorsement from Pardew.
â€śI canâ€™t praise Alan highly enough as a person,â€ť Pardew said.
â€śItâ€™s been difficult for him to get in the side, and he went out on loan.
â€śHis professionalism around the place has been brilliant. It was a joy to work with him.â€ť