TRANSFER WINDOW: Newcastle pair on the way out of Toon

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Newcastle United’s Steve Harper and Alan Smith have been linked with a move away from St James’ Park.

Hull City have made a bid to bring Harper to the KC Stadium on loan after suffering a goalkeeper shortage.

Harper is out of favour at Newcastle due to the superb form of Tim Krul, and spent time on loan at Brighton and Hove Albion earlier this season.

Toon boss Alan Pardew said: “There has been a little bit of contact about Harps to Hull.

“We are looking at that and Harps is considering whether that’s a possibility for him to get some games.”

Tigers boss Nick Barmby wants a new goalkeeper after he could not name one on the bench for yesterday’s loss to Derby, with current options Adriano Basso, Peter Gulacsi and Mark Oxley all struggling with injuries.

Wolves ‘keeper Dorus de Vries is also thought to be under consideration, although Harper is the man Barmby wants.

The recently-appointed boss refused to comment on the Harper rumours but said: “A goalkeeper will come in this week without a doubt.

“You’ll obviously see who comes in but we’ve looked at quite a few.”

Meanwhile, Smith is said to be interesting Ipswich Town, although it is thought no bid has yet been made.

The former England international has made just two appearances for the Magpies this campaign and the club may be willing to release him to get him off the wage bill.

Smith was linked with a move to former club Leeds last summer and with his contract at St James’ Park coming to an end in six months, his days on Tyneside appear to be numbered.