The Daily Echo has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur are considering a contract offer to bring in free agent goalkeeper Ted Smith this month, but face competition from League One side Southend United.
Smith, 24, left Southend at the end of last season after his contract expired. He has since been on trial at Tottenham, a spell which saw Smith pull on a Spurs jersey during a pre-season 2-2 draw with Ebbsfleet – for the club’s Under-23 side.
Capped at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-20 level for England, Smith played alongside Harry Winks in the Three Lions’ youth set-up and was a regular for Southend in 2016-17 – playing 21 matches in all competitions.
But he has managed just 30 appearances in total, playing only once last season and his five-year spell at Southend came to an end. However, the latest reports claim Southend are keen to bring him back, while Spurs also want to offer him a contract.
TBR’s view – Tottenham have plenty of options in goal
But Smith is certainly a prospect and deserves a chance. With Nathan Bishop moving to Manchester United, Southend have offered Smith a contract in order to bring the free agent back to Roots Hall.
Spurs have many options behind Hugo Lloris, Paulo Gazzaniga and Michel Vorm – with Alfie Whiteman the likeliest to make the step up from reserves to first team. Bringing Smith to the club would see Spurs have a new fourth-choice goalkeeper.