Portsmouth-linked defender and ex-Ipswich man bolsters Sunderland's promotion push

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Pompey’s League One promotion rivals Sunderland have boosted their defensive options.

The fifth-placed Black Cats have signed Tommy Smith on a free transfer.

The ex-Ipswich Town centre-back has penned a deal until the end of the season at the Stadium of Light.

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Smith arrives as cover for Bailey Wright after he suffered a season-ending ankle injury.

The 29-year-old had been training with the Tractor Boys’ under-23s after departing MLS side Colarado Rapid.

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