Report: Fulham, Reading and Blackburn Rovers keen on Ipswich Town defender

Ipswich Town's Tommy Smith applauds fans after the game

The Tractor Boys' Tommy Smith is reportedly wanted by a trio of Championship clubs.

Ipswich Town's Tommy Smith applauds fans after the gameIpswich Town's Smith

Fulham, Reading and Blackburn Rovers are all keen on Ipswich Town defender Tommy Smith, the Sun reports (Monday edition, page 51).

Smith's contract was thought to have expired last month, however, he appears to have remained a Town player, and Fulham are willing to pay £750,000 for his services, the report claims.

The Cottagers have offloaded centre-backs Dan Burn and Shaun Hutchinson this summer, potentially creating space for the New Zealand international.

However, Reading have recently allowed Anton Ferdinand to leave, while Blackburn pair Grant Hanley and Shane Duffy are said to be courting interest from elsewhere, leaving both clubs in need in Smith's position.

Grant Hanley of Blackburn RoversHanley is reportedly wanted by Newcastle United and Sheffield Wednesday

The 26-year-old has been a regular for Town since making his debut at the end of the previous decade and has made over 250 appearances.

Mick McCarthy's side have already added Portsmouth centre-back Adam Webster to their ranks this summer and could welcome an approach for Smith as they look to raise funds for further deals.

Portsmouth's Adam Webster applauds fans at the final whistleDefender Webster has already signed up at Portman Road

Macclesfield-born Smith is predominantly left footed and can also provide full-back cover if required.

Gaston Ramirez of Middlesbrough (L) and Tommy Smith of Ipswich Town in actionSmith in action last term

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