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Northern Ireland defender set to joins Hearts

Former Ballymena United full-back Michael Smith is on the verge of signing for Hearts.

In recent days, Kyle Lafferty has been heavily linked with a move to Tynecastle and if he makes the move, it now looks like he would be joining up with three compatriots.

Centre-back Aaron Hughes and former NI coach Austin MacPhee are already at the Scottish Premiership side, with Smith expected to join.

The 28 year-old has played just one game for Northern Ireland, a friendly against Slovenia in March 2016 but he's hopeful a move north of the border could resurrect his international career.

Smith signed a new three year contract at current club Peterborough last year but was placed on the transfer list at the end of the season. He has been linked with a move to League Two side Coventry City but now appears likely to transfer to Edinburgh.

He began his career at Ballyclare Comrades and then starred for Ballymena United. Smith earned a move to full-time football in 2011, switching to Bristol Rovers, where he was twice players of the season before joining Peterbrough in 2014.

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