Portsmouth are lining up a move for free agent Tommy Smith, who recently returned from a two-season spell with MLS side Colorado Rapids, as reported by the East Anglian Daily Times.
Smith has been training with the Ipswich Under 23 side since he left Colorado after his stint Stateside, but he’s now looking to get a foothold back in the English game. Pompey are reportedly keen on adding him to their ranks, with Wigan of the Championship also understood to be keen on the centre back.
The Macclesfield-born defender spent 11 years with the Tractor Boys, enjoying loans with Stevenage, Brentford and Colchester before swapping Norfolk for Colorado. He played 64 times for the MLS side, scoring twice.
Despite being born in England, Smith qualifies to represent New Zealand and has 38 caps for the Kiwis, with two of those coming in the last twelve months.
Kenny Jackett is keen to add to his defensive options this January as his side look to establish themselves as serious contenders for a spot in the Championship.
Smith is certainly experienced and has plenty still to offer at 29. His spell in the MLS, as well as his New Zealand commitments, give him a little more on his CV than the average free agent.
It’s a no-brainer really, he’s got almost 250 Championship appearances to his name already and would be a huge asset to either club.
Pompey might be the wiser move, given Wigan’s obvious problems battling relegation this season. Arguably, the Fratton Park side are the bigger of the two clubs.