Tommy Smith to Stoke City looks pretty inevitable after recent reports.
The Daily Record claimed that Celtic had lost out to Stoke City in the race to sign the Huddersfield Town right-back. That came after he didn’t feature in either of Huddersfield’s two friendly matches yesterday.
The news of him not coming to Parkhead will have been a surprise for many. The deal to Stoke may not as of yet be confirmed, but it isn’t looking great from a Celtic perspective.
And it appears the reason for that is simply down to the money Stoke offered Huddersfield. According to Daily Telegraph journalist John Percy, Stoke swooped in with a £4m offer that Huddersfield swiftly accepted.
— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) July 11, 2019
Tommy Smith to Stoke City always happening for that money
It didn’t appear as if Celtic were ever close to giving Huddersfield £4m for Smith either. The last report regarding a valuation from Celtic came from the Daily Record, who claimed we were only willing to bid up to £2.5m for Smith.
There are conflicting reports at the moment about whether Smith has actually left the camp, however. The Examiner today reported that Smith hadn’t left the camp as of yet. They believe that the reasoning for his lack of playing time yesterday was in case of injury ahead of a potential move.
The Examiner also stated that there are no Celtic representatives in Austria too, after the source investigated the Smith case.
It still doesn’t read well from our perspective in any case. Whether he’s left the camp or not, there’s clearly something happening between Stoke and Smith. With no Celtic representation in Austria for talks, that only adds to the idea that Stoke City are favourites at this point.
Fair play if Celtic didn’t think Smith was worth £4m. After all, he’s into the final year of his contract, and the Hoops obviously will feel that they have to be smart about this deal.
But, in addition to that, there will come a time when we have to seriously splash the cash on a right-back. Hopefully, Celtic are actually willing to go high the way they did for Christopher Jullien, should the correct right-back come along, of course.
Smith to Stoke seems inevitable, however. Unless there’s a late twist, all reports add up to him heading for England over Scotland.