Adam Smith: Derby County sign Tottenham defender on loan

Adam Smith

Derby County have signed Tottenham's England Under-21 international right-back Adam Smith on a season-long loan.

Smith, 22, is likely to replace John Brayford, who joined Cardiff last week, but will face competition from Wales Under-21 international Kieron Freeman.

Smith has won 11 England U21 caps and has made more than 100 Football League appearances during several loan spells.

"He's a player with a lot of potential and we've been impressed with what we've seen," said manager Nigel Clough.

"Whenever we've seen him in the Championship or on international duty he's stood out as a very solid right-back, and someone that likes to get forward as well."

Derby have already signed Lee Grant, Chris Martin, Johnny Russell, Craig Forsyth and John Eustace.