Chelsea entered race for in-demand English full-back

Chelsea and Watford are believed to be in the running to sign Gloucester City youngster Noah Smerdon.

According to Devon Live, Exeter City are the latest side to express an interest in recruiting the defender, who has been earning plaudits for his performances at non-league level.

Smerdon has already trained with the Hornets as his future at Gloucester continues to come under scrutiny, while the Premier League giants are stated to be potential suitors as well.

Both Premier League sides kept tabs on the full-back throughout last campaign, with interest gathering ahead of a possible summer switch to one of England’s top four divisions.

Noah Smerdon appeared to have come close to joining Forest Green Rovers, but no move fulfilled after he briefly appeared for the club’s reserve team.

Gloucester head coach Mike Cook recently discussed the interest in the 18-year-old ace, confirming that Exeter are among the outfits who are keen to recruit him this transfer window:

“Noah’s just waiting to see whether Exeter City are going to pay any money for him. So he’s in a little bit of limbo.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen with him, so that might mean I have to look for a left-back, but if nobody comes in for him, then he’s happy to sign again with us next year.”

Meanwhile Chelsea allowed Eden Hazard to join Real Madrid in £88 million deal with the Blues set to raise that figure to £130 million with add-ons.