Hull City are on the brink of signing Welsh midfielder Matt Smith ahead of the Championship opener with Preston North-End.

City boss Pep Guardiola is keen to see Smith earn some playing time at a higher level - having spent last season on loan with League One side Doncaster Rovers.

The 21-year-old is highly rated at the Etihad but has yet to make his competitive bow for the Citizens. The Tigers are expected to announce Smith's arrival on loan within the next 48 hours.

Here's everything you need to know about the Manchester City youngster.

Who is he?

Matt Smith is a 21-year-old central midfielder who came through the ranks at West Bromwich Albion.

He made to switch to Manchester City at the age of 14 and has made his way up through the ranks.

What experience does he have?

Smith may not have featured for City's first-team in a competitive fixture, but is highly thought of at the Etihad.

The 5ft9 midfielder spent a season in the Netherlands with FC Twente and was part of the side that won promotion back to the Eredivisie in 2019.

He scored twice in 34 appearances for the Reds.

Has he played in the Championship before?

Yes! In 2019, Smith was sent out on loan to Championship side Queens Park Rangers on a season-long loan and made eight appearances for the Hoops.

However, his loan spell was cut short and he would return to City.

He wasn't back in Manchester long before being loaned out to Charlton, who were battling relegation in the Championship at the time.

Where did he spend last season?

Smith should be no stranger to Tigers fans having spent last season on loan with their League One rivals Doncaster.

He was one of the standout figures for Donny in a somewhat disappointing campaign, as Rovers went from play-off contenders to finishing 14th, after Darren Moore left to join Sheffield Wednesday.