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Stoke City & Celtic in a battle for Huddersfield Town defender

Stoke and Celtic are both interested in signing Huddersfield defender Tommy Smith. Smith has been at The Terriers for six years, making 200 appearances.

Smith captained the club, before handing the armband to Christian Schindler last season. He has significant competition at The John Smith’s stadium from Flo Hadergjonaj and highly-rated prospect Demeaco Duhaney, another product of Manchester City currently at Huddersfield.

With Smith only making 6 starts last campaign, he may be looking to further his career and secure first-team football. Celtic boss Neil Lennon is looking to strengthen his side ahead of another SPL campaign, Smith offers that leadership and stability that Celtic will be searching for.

While Stoke is also being credited with an interest. After a poor first season in the Championship, Nathan Jones is working hard to completely revamp The Potters. Stoke have already signed six players this summer, including Adam Davies (Barnsley), Nick Powell (Wigan) and Lee Gregory (Millwall) as they look to build a side capable of gaining promotion next season.

I would be hugely surprised if Huddersfield opted to cash-in on Smith. He’s the type of player you need to be successful in the Championship. A tough, hard-working defender that will give 100% in every game. Maybe Jan Siewert will look to follow the Norwich blueprint in building a young, quality footballing side. It’s a huge risk, you need to find that balance between experience and quality. Smith has a wealth of experience, and I’m assuming is a big player around the dressing room at Huddersfield.

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