Ipswich and Sunderland are both interested in Manchester City youngster Matt Smith as reported by London Football News.
The midfielder is currently on loan at QPR. However, he’s struggled to break into the first-team reckoning at Loftus Road, making only two Championship starts, and the report claims he is likely to be recalled by the Premier League giants.
The twenty-year-old signed a new long-term contract at the Etihad before his loan move and City’s coaching staff rate him highly.
He impressed while on loan in Holland with FC Twente last year, making thirty-four league outings. Smith’s also won seven senior caps for Wales.
City are understood to want their youngster to be playing regular football and are ready to cut short his season-long loan with the Hoops to send him to an environment he will have more chance to play.
The report suggests news of his potential availability has alerted Sunderland and Ipswich. Both clubs are looking to strengthen their squads for the second half of the season to aid their push for a return to the Championship.
Rumours on social media are Smith might go abroad, back to Holland or maybe join up with his old teammate Vincent Kompany at Anderlecht.
He’s an outstanding young player who would benefit from being involved in a promotion run-in but whether Lambert and Parkinson would use the youngster in the high-pressure games that are sure to come in the spring is open for debate.
Both managers will want experience in their engine rooms, and for that reason, we are not sure this particular rumour has any legs.