Sky Sports News reports Portsmouth have entered the race for Watford's Tommy Smith. Portsmouth are ready to hijack a deal which was to take the former Sunderland and Derby ace to Reading.

Pompey have agreed a fee of £1.8million with Watford for Smith and have been given permission to hold talks with the player.

A statement on Watford's official website read: "Watford can this evening confirm that club has received and accepted an offer from Portsmouth for attacker Tommy Smith.

"The Premiership side made their bid for the 29-year-old late on and it is now down to the player to decide upon a move to Fratton Park or Reading, after the Hornets had accepted an earlier bid from the Berkshire based club."