By Wayne Veysey

15th Oct, 2020 | 12:31pm

Exclusive: Man City green light exit of international midfielder, 20-21 deal almost done

Manchester City have given midfielder Matt Smith the green light to leave on loan ahead of Friday’s domestic transfer deadline, Football Insider understands.

The 20-year-old is yet to feature for the senior side at the Etihad Stadium and has already been shipped out temporarily three times by the Premier League giants.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that there are a number of Championship and League One clubs in the hunt for Smith and that a season-long deal is expected to be completed before the window closes at 5pm Friday.

Smith spent last season on loan in the Championship with both Queens Park Rangers and Charlton Athletic.

Having played 10 times for the Hoops during the first half of the campaign, he made the switch to join the Addicks in January but managed to make just two substitute appearances during his time at the Valley.

The majority of his senior experience came during a temporary stint with FC Twente, where he managed to play 37 times across all competitions during the 2018/19 season.

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The Redditch-born starlet made 34 league appearances to help the Dutch outfit secure the second-tier title and promotion back to the Eredivisie.

He has also picked up 10 caps for Wales since he was handed his debut by Ryan Giggs back in May 2018.

He played in all three of his country’s fixtures over the most recent international break with starts against the Republic of Ireland and Bulgaria, as well as a substitute appearance versus England.

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