Daily Mirror reporter Henry Armstrong believes that Celtic are closing in on Tommy Smith of Huddersfield.
Smith was this only this morning reported to have been the subject of £2.5million interest from Celtic. The Sun on Sunday (07/07/2019, page 61), stated that Huddersfield wanted £4m for their right-back.
According to Armstrong, however, the deal is close to being done. The senior journalist stated that Celtic actually have representatives in Austria ready to “finalise” the deal. Huddersfield are currently in Austria preparing for the new campaign.
— Henry Armstrong (@henryjarmstrong) July 7, 2019
Henry Armstrong is confident, but what could the fee be?
So just what could the fee be that we would be paying out on the right-back? After all, there’s been no reports regarding Celtic being ready to match the £4m Huddersfield apparently want.
Well, the Examiner Live believes that Celtic are ready to get their man for £3m. That, at the moment, seems like a decent compromise for all parties. Especially for Huddersfield considering he has just one year left on his contract (Transfermarkt).
Stoke City have also been reportedly interested in Smith (Examiner Live). As of yet, however, no reports of an offer from them having been tabled has reached the surface. That would make it appear, at face value at least, as if Celtic could be in the hotseat for the right-back.
The defender made just 15 Premier League appearances last season, and captained the side for most of their two-year stint in the Premier League. Jan Siewert, however, took the captaincy off of Smith and gave it to team-mate Christopher Schindler instead back in April. This came after Smith was banned for three matches.
He’s certainly been one of the club’s main Premier League performers over the last two years. Smith has 39 top-tier outings to his name, and was the club’s number one right-back in recent seasons. It’s the kind of signing that Celtic fans would give approval to.
Celtic have also shown a real urgency to get deals done over the last two weeks. After a quiet opening to the transfer window, Christopher Jullien, Luca Connell, and Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo all arrived close to within a week of each other. We’re working quickly when we want to.
If the club could make great strides in sorting out the right-back issue next, many supporters would be delighted. As it stands, it looks like we could be hearing something soon in that regard on Smith.