Hearts sign Manchester City youngster Ashley Smith-Brown on season-long loan deal

Scottish Premiership side Hearts have announced an agreement to sign Manchester City left-back Ashley Smith-Brown on a season-long loan deal, subject to international clearance.

Smith-Brown will formally join Hearts over the next 72 hours and will become the club’s sixth summer signing.

The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at NAC Breda in the Netherlands as the Dutch club won promotion to the top-flight, and continues his career up north in Scotland after Hearts fended off interest from EFL clubs in England for his signing.

Smith-Brown represented England at every level up to under-20s and will hope a good loan spell in Scotland can boost his hopes of having a long-term future at Manchester City.

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