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.”