AFC Bournemouth have completed the signing of Liverpool full back Brad Smith.
The transfer is officially undisclosed, some reports suggest the fee is £6million, whilst The Daily Echo have reported that they believe it to be ‘in the region of £3million.
Smith has agreed a four year deal at Dean Court.
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The 22 year old is an Australian international, who can play both at left back and on the wing.
He joined Liverpool in 2013 and went on to make his Premier League debut against Chelsea later that year as a 60th minute substitute.
The following season he joined League One side Swindon Town on loan where he made 10 appearances during August and September 2014, before he rounded off his season representing Australia against Tajikistan and Jordan in World Cup qualifiers.
Last season was a break through year for Smith of sorts, he made 10 appearances between December 2015 and the end of the season, playing in the League Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Europa League and the Premier League, impressing against the Cherries at Dean Court.
He ended the season featuring in a friendly against England.
Following his transfer, Smith told afcb.co.uk…
“I`m really looking forward to the opportunity here, It all happened quite quickly. I knew there was a bit of interest and then they put the bid in, Liverpool accepted and we went from there really.
“I flew to America and was there for about five days. Once I found out that the bid had been accepted, I stopped training with the team to make sure everything went the right way…’
“…Bournemouth did really well last season and I think the club can be a great team in the Premier League for many years to come. They`re just getting started really.
“I think it`ll be a good fit for me and I can`t wait to get going here.”
The Alchemist said…
Outstanding business because the market has changed so much. Leicester want £8 million plus for a left back with even less experience than Smith.
Smith is a homegrown player with PL and international experience.
No young homegrown or English player is going to lose value over the next 2 or 3 years due to prices continuing to rise due to the PL money.
Bear all that in mind, getting Smith for £3million in the current market is outstanding business. – Join the conversation here.
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