Liverpool defender Brad Smith targeted by Ipswich

HITC Sport understands that Liverpool defender Brad Smith is a loan target for Ipswich Town.

HITC Sport understands from sources close to the potential deal that Ipswich Town are lining up a loan move for highly-rated Liverpool defender Brad Smith.

Ipswich are scouring the transfer market in search of a new left-back following Tyrone Mings’ departure to Premier League new boys Bournemouth.

Australia international Smith is thought to figure highly on Mick McCarthy's wanted list and he is hoping to strike a deal to take the 21-year-old on a short-term agreement.

Smith has come through the ranks at Liverpool and he broke into the first-team during the 2013-14 season, making his Premier League debut against Chelsea in December 2013.

Smith had a spell out on loan at Swindon Town last season, making 10 appearances before being recalled by Liverpool.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could be open to the idea of loaning out Smith so that he gain some valuable first-team experience before coming back to Anfield to challenge for a spot in the starting XI.

Ipswich chief McCarthy has been busy in the transfer market this summer having signed Arsenal winger Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Bournemouth's Ryan Fraser on loan and bringing in Bournemouth striker Brett Pitman on a permanent deal.

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