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Newcastle veteran Smith edging closer to Leeds return

Newcastle United midfielder Alan Smith is in talks about a return to Leeds United.

The Sun says Smith's hopes of a dream return to Leeds have been handed a huge boost by Newcastle.

Injury-hit Smith, 30, has a year left on his Toon deal and old club Leeds cannot afford to pay him anywhere near his £60,000-a-week salary.

But the Magpies are willing to put £30,000 a week towards his Elland Road wage next term, with Leeds stumping up a further £15,000 to coax Smith back to his hometown team.

Newcastle's proposal means Rothwell-born Smith would be dropping only £15,000 a week to finish his career where it all began 14 years ago.

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