Matt Smith looks set for a deadline-day move away from Arsenal, with the Bundesliga’s FC Augsburg and multiple Championship sides interested.

Matt Smith (R) in training with Arsenal (Photo via
Matt Smith (R) in training with Arsenal (Photo via

Daniel Cutts reports for The S*n that Arsenal’s Matt Smith is being targeted by Augsburg in the Bundesliga and a number of Championship sides – including Queens Park Rangers.

At this stage, it’s not clear whether the move would be a loan or a permanent deal.

Swansea Independent report that Swansea City are also part of the race, adding that Arsenal would accept a fee of around £400,000 for the young midfielder.

These aren’t the first reports linking Smith with a Championship move, with Football Insider reporting earlier in January that Stoke City, QPR, and Swansea were all targeting the Arsenal academy graduate.

Arsenal are reportedly willing to let the midfielder move on this month, which is unsurprising given they were also open to loaning him in the summer.

At the time, Smith explained that he made the decision to stay at Arsenal to “give it one more go” at breaking into the Gunners’ first team.

Matt Smith with Arsenal (Photo via TwoTouchAgency on Instagram)
Matt Smith with Arsenal (Photo via TwoTouchAgency on Instagram)

Though Smith has made the senior squad on a number of occasions (five times in the Europa League, twice in the Premier League), he hasn’t played a first-team minute this campaign.

Instead, the 22-year-old has spent his time playing for the Arsenal u21s, captaining the side in a Premier League 2 title challenge.

Arsenal are fourth in that race, five points off the top with a game in hand on the league leaders.

It looks as though a January transfer would probably be the best thing for Smith, to really get his senior career going in earnest.

The youngster has contributed a lot with the Arsenal academy and he’s consistently given Mikel Arteta a strong option in training sessions.

But with limited on-field minutes on offer, a move elsewhere might make the most sense.