AFC Bournemouth: Cherries poised to complete Smith signing

Bournemouth Echo: SWITCH: Former Cherries loanee Adam Smith SWITCH: Former Cherries loanee Adam Smith

CHERRIES are today expected to put the finishing touches to a permanent move for Tottenham defender Adam Smith.

The 22-year-old, who made 42 appearances for Cherries during a youth loan from Spurs in 2010-11, is set to pen a three-and-a-half year deal.

Smith was given the green light to discuss personal terms after the two clubs had reached agreement on a fee, believed to be in the region of £250,000.

He met boss Eddie Howe yesterday before undergoing a medical, with the move expected to be confirmed today once some minor paperwork issues have been finalised.

And providing Cherries meet the registration deadline, Smith could be involved when Howe’s team host Championship rivals Huddersfield tonight.

Signed by Howe during his first spell at Dean Court, Smith lined up in both legs of Cherries’ League One play-off semi-final against the Terriers in May 2011.

At the time, former Cherries boss Lee Bradbury had been hoping to sign him, while Howe was also keen to take him to Burnley before the youngster penned a new contract with Spurs.

Smith, who progressed through the ranks at White Hart Lane, served Wycombe and Torquay on loan in 2009-10 before having spells with MK Dons, Leeds, Millwall and Derby following his stay with Cherries.

Capped 11 times by England at under-21 level, he made 10 appearances for the Rams this season before his loan spell at Pride Park was cut short by mutual agreement in November.

Smith was handed his Premier League debut when he came off the bench for Spurs during a 2-0 win over Fulham in May 2012 before he started their 3-0 win at Carlisle in the League Cup the following season.

While boss Howe has a policy of not discussing transfers until after they have been completed, his assistant Jason Tindall spoke to the media at a lunchtime press conference yesterday.

Fielding a question about the transfer window in general, Tindall said: “When any window opens, it is a busy time for every club. You are always looking to improve your squad and we are no different to anybody else.

“The last five or six days of the window always seem to be the busiest and, if we are in a position to do one or two things that we feel would be good for the club and would strengthen us as a squad and as a team, then, hopefully, we would.”

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7:03am Tue 28 Jan 14

Afcbives says...

Brilliant news in eddie we trust
Brilliant news in eddie we trust Afcbives

7:40am Tue 28 Jan 14

cherrychris75 says...

I know some people on here don't like Francis, personally I do as I think he's possibly the best crosser of the ball and will be harsh on him to lose his place. Sure Smith won't be here to warm the bench, nevertheless a cracking signing and one area we didn't have cover for. But as always in Ed we trust. On a different note, can the old Matt Ritchie return tonight as he seems to have gone missing the last few matches.
I know some people on here don't like Francis, personally I do as I think he's possibly the best crosser of the ball and will be harsh on him to lose his place. Sure Smith won't be here to warm the bench, nevertheless a cracking signing and one area we didn't have cover for. But as always in Ed we trust. On a different note, can the old Matt Ritchie return tonight as he seems to have gone missing the last few matches. cherrychris75

7:42am Tue 28 Jan 14

Talkingheadera says...

Indeed but Francis certainly doesn't deserve to lose his place.
Not sure I'd put smith ahead of him.
Indeed but Francis certainly doesn't deserve to lose his place. Not sure I'd put smith ahead of him. Talkingheadera

8:17am Tue 28 Jan 14

ianbthomson says...

Great signing but I agree that I would still start with Francis tonight
Great signing but I agree that I would still start with Francis tonight ianbthomson

8:21am Tue 28 Jan 14

Solentcherry says...

cherrychris75 wrote:
I know some people on here don't like Francis, personally I do as I think he's possibly the best crosser of the ball and will be harsh on him to lose his place. Sure Smith won't be here to warm the bench, nevertheless a cracking signing and one area we didn't have cover for. But as always in Ed we trust. On a different note, can the old Matt Ritchie return tonight as he seems to have gone missing the last few matches.
I'm not the only one then to feel that Ritchie has been below par in the last three matches. Hope he's not being distracted by behind the scenes transfer goings on with his agent etc.
Maybe it's just my transfer window paranoia !
COYC. Hopefully a welcome win tonight.
[quote][p][bold]cherrychris75[/bold] wrote: I know some people on here don't like Francis, personally I do as I think he's possibly the best crosser of the ball and will be harsh on him to lose his place. Sure Smith won't be here to warm the bench, nevertheless a cracking signing and one area we didn't have cover for. But as always in Ed we trust. On a different note, can the old Matt Ritchie return tonight as he seems to have gone missing the last few matches.[/p][/quote]I'm not the only one then to feel that Ritchie has been below par in the last three matches. Hope he's not being distracted by behind the scenes transfer goings on with his agent etc. Maybe it's just my transfer window paranoia ! COYC. Hopefully a welcome win tonight. Solentcherry

8:45am Tue 28 Jan 14

kentcherry says...

Ed said in a recent televised interview that his ambition is to take us to the premiership.. Therefore, with Maxim's support, he is slowly building a team to acheive this objective. However, fair play rules, ground capacity constraints etc are serious impediments to progress. In addition, we need a proven goal scorer to convert the many chances created and ensure our status in the championship for next season. Hopefully, this will be resolved in the next few days.
Ed said in a recent televised interview that his ambition is to take us to the premiership.. Therefore, with Maxim's support, he is slowly building a team to acheive this objective. However, fair play rules, ground capacity constraints etc are serious impediments to progress. In addition, we need a proven goal scorer to convert the many chances created and ensure our status in the championship for next season. Hopefully, this will be resolved in the next few days. kentcherry

8:58am Tue 28 Jan 14

mark.s says...

Excellent deal at a bargain price. Well done Eddie!

Francis is a solid and dependable player, I'm a big fan. He is however sometimes a weak link due to his slight lack of pace, and he isn't getting any younger.

I can see us using Francis more often than not as the first choice to see this season out and stay up. But going forward if we want to progress up this league and build a side for the long term, Smith will be the first option.
Excellent deal at a bargain price. Well done Eddie! Francis is a solid and dependable player, I'm a big fan. He is however sometimes a weak link due to his slight lack of pace, and he isn't getting any younger. I can see us using Francis more often than not as the first choice to see this season out and stay up. But going forward if we want to progress up this league and build a side for the long term, Smith will be the first option. mark.s

9:10am Tue 28 Jan 14

Wilkie says...

Cherrychris, I take it you are jesting about Francis and his crossing, his inability to deliver a decent cross is almost legendary. Aside from that imo he does everything well, displaying agility that defies his large frame. Along with camp, Cooke, ward, Richie, Daniels, O'Kane and grabban his name would firmly be in my starting line up.
Cherrychris, I take it you are jesting about Francis and his crossing, his inability to deliver a decent cross is almost legendary. Aside from that imo he does everything well, displaying agility that defies his large frame. Along with camp, Cooke, ward, Richie, Daniels, O'Kane and grabban his name would firmly be in my starting line up. Wilkie

9:18am Tue 28 Jan 14

cheeriedriteup says...

Solentcherry wrote:
cherrychris75 wrote:
I know some people on here don't like Francis, personally I do as I think he's possibly the best crosser of the ball and will be harsh on him to lose his place. Sure Smith won't be here to warm the bench, nevertheless a cracking signing and one area we didn't have cover for. But as always in Ed we trust. On a different note, can the old Matt Ritchie return tonight as he seems to have gone missing the last few matches.
I'm not the only one then to feel that Ritchie has been below par in the last three matches. Hope he's not being distracted by behind the scenes transfer goings on with his agent etc.
Maybe it's just my transfer window paranoia !
COYC. Hopefully a welcome win tonight.
How bizarre, I have just posted the same view on the O Kane storey , Ritchie hasn't been at the races for three games now, there is a rumour from the inside that he is a cocky pain in the arse in the dressing room who appears to upset a few, is his quiet game due to the players not gaining him the ball ??
[quote][p][bold]Solentcherry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cherrychris75[/bold] wrote: I know some people on here don't like Francis, personally I do as I think he's possibly the best crosser of the ball and will be harsh on him to lose his place. Sure Smith won't be here to warm the bench, nevertheless a cracking signing and one area we didn't have cover for. But as always in Ed we trust. On a different note, can the old Matt Ritchie return tonight as he seems to have gone missing the last few matches.[/p][/quote]I'm not the only one then to feel that Ritchie has been below par in the last three matches. Hope he's not being distracted by behind the scenes transfer goings on with his agent etc. Maybe it's just my transfer window paranoia ! COYC. Hopefully a welcome win tonight.[/p][/quote]How bizarre, I have just posted the same view on the O Kane storey , Ritchie hasn't been at the races for three games now, there is a rumour from the inside that he is a cocky pain in the arse in the dressing room who appears to upset a few, is his quiet game due to the players not gaining him the ball ?? cheeriedriteup

9:36am Tue 28 Jan 14

bobsworthforever says...

I would say replace Francis with Smith although cant see him starting tonight but maybe on the bench.I agree a bit hard on Simon but that's life as for the comment on his crossing I presume that was a joke Anyway what dos it matter half the time theirs no one n the box anyway
I would say replace Francis with Smith although cant see him starting tonight but maybe on the bench.I agree a bit hard on Simon but that's life as for the comment on his crossing I presume that was a joke Anyway what dos it matter half the time theirs no one n the box anyway bobsworthforever

10:10am Tue 28 Jan 14

Afcbpete says...

Adam will be a wonderful signing. Simon Francis doesn't really have anyone pushing him for his place, and Adam will. Much the same as any other position, the best one will play. Really looking forward to tonights game!! Good Luck lads, 3 points please... UTCIAD
Adam will be a wonderful signing. Simon Francis doesn't really have anyone pushing him for his place, and Adam will. Much the same as any other position, the best one will play. Really looking forward to tonights game!! Good Luck lads, 3 points please... UTCIAD Afcbpete

10:41am Tue 28 Jan 14

white 147 says...

Good signing but we need a striker, or at least someone who can score goals.
Good signing but we need a striker, or at least someone who can score goals. white 147

10:48am Tue 28 Jan 14

mark.s says...

white 147 wrote:
Good signing but we need a striker, or at least someone who can score goals.
I think this one is on the way, with a few possible candidates being spoken about. Patience.
[quote][p][bold]white 147[/bold] wrote: Good signing but we need a striker, or at least someone who can score goals.[/p][/quote]I think this one is on the way, with a few possible candidates being spoken about. Patience. mark.s

10:50am Tue 28 Jan 14

Wilkie says...

Perhaps we cold push Daniels forward to the postion he started his carrer in and start Smith behind him. With Charlie being far more direct than Pughie this could make a positive difference.
Perhaps we cold push Daniels forward to the postion he started his carrer in and start Smith behind him. With Charlie being far more direct than Pughie this could make a positive difference. Wilkie

10:54am Tue 28 Jan 14

abc100 says...

mark.s wrote:
Excellent deal at a bargain price. Well done Eddie!

Francis is a solid and dependable player, I'm a big fan. He is however sometimes a weak link due to his slight lack of pace, and he isn't getting any younger.

I can see us using Francis more often than not as the first choice to see this season out and stay up. But going forward if we want to progress up this league and build a side for the long term, Smith will be the first option.
We can debate all day who is the better player, but did you seriously say Francis has a " slight lack of pace " Francis is as quick as anyone we have, maybe Rantie and possibly Fraser are slightly quicker but that's all and it would be close between the three of them
[quote][p][bold]mark.s[/bold] wrote: Excellent deal at a bargain price. Well done Eddie! Francis is a solid and dependable player, I'm a big fan. He is however sometimes a weak link due to his slight lack of pace, and he isn't getting any younger. I can see us using Francis more often than not as the first choice to see this season out and stay up. But going forward if we want to progress up this league and build a side for the long term, Smith will be the first option.[/p][/quote]We can debate all day who is the better player, but did you seriously say Francis has a " slight lack of pace " Francis is as quick as anyone we have, maybe Rantie and possibly Fraser are slightly quicker but that's all and it would be close between the three of them abc100

11:06am Tue 28 Jan 14

joetheman says...

never ceases to amaze me how fickle fans are, new signing coming in and its discard Francis who has played well all season, so it follows that no matter who we sign the player currently in that position has to be dropped. according to, I prefer to leave team selection to the paid manager, not the wannabe managers who post on here, on a different note. be interesting to see what the attendance is tonight with out the plastics
never ceases to amaze me how fickle fans are, new signing coming in and its discard Francis who has played well all season, so it follows that no matter who we sign the player currently in that position has to be dropped. according to, I prefer to leave team selection to the paid manager, not the wannabe managers who post on here, on a different note. be interesting to see what the attendance is tonight with out the plastics joetheman

11:07am Tue 28 Jan 14

Blackandred says...

Francis is an excellent player who always gives 100%. Yes, he makes the occasional error but so does every other player. Having someone else to compete for the right back slot is no bad thing though.
Francis is an excellent player who always gives 100%. Yes, he makes the occasional error but so does every other player. Having someone else to compete for the right back slot is no bad thing though. Blackandred

11:29am Tue 28 Jan 14

smhinto says...

Blackandred wrote:
Francis is an excellent player who always gives 100%. Yes, he makes the occasional error but so does every other player. Having someone else to compete for the right back slot is no bad thing though.
I believe that another reason for his signing is that he can play on both sides so in which case he can also operate at both right and left back positions.
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In addition, he has played in centre midfield. so his adaptablity may well be a factor and not necessarily to give Francis direct competition.
[quote][p][bold]Blackandred[/bold] wrote: Francis is an excellent player who always gives 100%. Yes, he makes the occasional error but so does every other player. Having someone else to compete for the right back slot is no bad thing though.[/p][/quote]I believe that another reason for his signing is that he can play on both sides so in which case he can also operate at both right and left back positions. . In addition, he has played in centre midfield. so his adaptablity may well be a factor and not necessarily to give Francis direct competition. smhinto

11:40am Tue 28 Jan 14

ASM says...

Ritchie didn't put a foot wrong against Liverpool, he was brilliant, he could have tried running the ball into a shooting position and have a go, but Grabban was always up their supporting him on the right side.
Smith is a bargain and a player who has done well everywhere he has been. He is only 22 and is a great bit of business and one for the future as well as now. Francis has been excellent but could probably do with a rest as he is ever present and if Daniels gets injured we just have Harte who lacks match practice and sharpness.
I would like a young goal scorer on loan like what Doncaster and Birmingham borrowed from Man U. But we have too many strikers as it is, so Eddie is slowly building for the future and not rushing in to sign the wrong players like we did with Tubbs
Ritchie didn't put a foot wrong against Liverpool, he was brilliant, he could have tried running the ball into a shooting position and have a go, but Grabban was always up their supporting him on the right side. Smith is a bargain and a player who has done well everywhere he has been. He is only 22 and is a great bit of business and one for the future as well as now. Francis has been excellent but could probably do with a rest as he is ever present and if Daniels gets injured we just have Harte who lacks match practice and sharpness. I would like a young goal scorer on loan like what Doncaster and Birmingham borrowed from Man U. But we have too many strikers as it is, so Eddie is slowly building for the future and not rushing in to sign the wrong players like we did with Tubbs ASM

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