EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Stoke City are plotting a move to beat Celtic to the signing of Huddersfield skipper Tommy Smith, Football Insider can reveal.
The Potters are keeping close tabs on Smith following the Terriers’ relegation from the Premier League back to the Championship.
A Stoke source has told Football Insider that manager Nathan Jones is a big admirer of the right-back, 27, and has made him one of his priority targets this summer.
Celtic are also monitoring Smith as they look to recruit at least one and possibly two right-sided defenders this window following the exits of Mikael Lustig, Cristian Gamboa and Jeremy Toljan.
Smith ended last season as the first choice right-back at Huddersfield after being on the fringes of the starting XI for the first half of the campaign.
He has extensive experience in the Championship, accumulating 143 appearances in the competition, as well as the 39 matches he has played in the Premier League.
Smith joined Huddersfield in 2012 after being released by Manchester City and has featured for the club 200 times in total.
His contract with the Terriers runs until the summer of 2020 and the club are braced for strong interest in him in the coming weeks.
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