'City target' Smith set to sign new deal with Walsall

City could miss out on centre-half Manny Smith with the Walsall defender on the verge of signing a new contract. The Canaries have been linked with a summer move for the 21-year-old.

City could miss out on centre-half Manny Smith with the Walsall defender on the verge of signing a new contract.

The Canaries have been linked with a summer move for the 21-year-old.

But Smith is understood to be on the verge of agreeing a new deal at the Banks's Stadium, leaving City to look elsewhere.

One national newspaper claims City boss Paul Lambert was keeping tabs on Smith - one of the few defenders in League One who has helped keep a clean sheet against Norwich this season after a goalless draw at Carrow Road in September.


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Cardiff City were also said to be monitoring Smith's progress, with a view to snapping him up for nothing in the summer.

But Smith's contract is believed to be all but signed, leaving City to look elsewhere for defensive reinforcements.

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Lambert has four real options at centre-half - current pair Gary Doherty and Michael Nelson, as well as Jens Berthel Askou and Zak Whitbread, who are both recovering from injury.

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