AFC Bournemouth: Howe stays quiet over link with Spurs defender Smith

DORSET BOUND?: Defender Adam Smith (right) playing for Spurs

DORSET BOUND?: Defender Adam Smith (right) playing for Spurs

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MANAGER Eddie Howe was last night remaining tight-lipped over speculation linking Cherries with a move for Tottenham defender Adam Smith.

The 22-year-old was signed by Howe during his first spell at Dean Court and made 42 appearances during a youth loan from Spurs in 2010-11.

He lined up in both legs of Cherries’ League One play-off semi-final against Huddersfield and the club had been keen to sign him permanently before he penned a new deal with the North London club.

At the time, Smith, who progressed through the ranks at White Hart Lane, had also been linked with other clubs – with Howe’s Burnley among them.

Smith, who served Wycombe and Torquay on loan in 2009-10, has also had spells with League One outfit MK Dons and in the Championship with Leeds, Millwall and Derby.

He made 10 appearances for the Rams this season before his loan spell at Pride Park was prematurely cut short by mutual agreement in November.

Signed on a season-long loan by previous Derby boss Nigel Clough, Smith played three times under Steve McClaren before losing his place to Andre Wisdom, who had arrived on loan from Liverpool.

News that Smith could be a target for Cherries was first hinted at by the Daily Echo on our Twitter feed when Tim Sherwood was appointed Spurs head coach before Christmas.

Sherwood, who has been on the backroom staff at Spurs since 2008, had been instrumental in Smith joining Cherries in September 2010 and has remained close friends with Howe since their time together at Portsmouth.

Speculation the right-back could be returning to the Dorset club resurfaced last week when Sky Sports linked him with a loan move to Cherries.

However, while the Daily Echo understands there could be some substance to the rumours, sources suggest any deal for Smith would more than likely be permanent.

Meanwhile, Cherries are this week expected to complete the signing of teenage striker Josh O’Hanlon from League of Ireland outfit Longford Town.

The 18-year-old Dubliner is understood to have impressed Howe and his staff during a recent trial at Dean Court with the two clubs last week believed to have agreed a fee.

O’Hanlon netted seven times in 30 appearances for Longford as they finished runners-up to Athlone Town in Division One of the League of Ireland.

He also scored twice in a trial game for Manchester United and had been tracked by Crystal Palace, Burnley, Reading and Peterborough.

Although Cherries have yet to comment on O’Hanlon, a statement on the Longford website read: “Longford Town FC wish to announce that they have concluded an agreement with AFC Bournemouth to transfer Josh O’Hanlon for an undisclosed fee.”

And O’Hanlon, posting on his Twitter feed, has been thanking well-wishers for their good luck messages, explaining that Bournemouth is on the “south coast” and telling his followers he would be “heading over on Tuesday”.

When contacted by the Daily Echo, Cherries boss Howe politely declined to comment on either Smith or O’Hanlon.

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9:34am Mon 27 Jan 14

Square Old Codger says...

Eddie always plays his cards close to his chest and likes to have tied every thing up before making it public - very wise of him! I hope that we can keep hold of our better players and add to them, only four days after today before the window closes!
Eddie always plays his cards close to his chest and likes to have tied every thing up before making it public - very wise of him! I hope that we can keep hold of our better players and add to them, only four days after today before the window closes! Square Old Codger
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11:24am Mon 27 Jan 14

ASM says...

Smith is a brilliant player. Solid and reliable, very good addition to have in the squad, because if francis or daniels gets injured we just have harte as cover. I always thought he was a brilliant player
Smith is a brilliant player. Solid and reliable, very good addition to have in the squad, because if francis or daniels gets injured we just have harte as cover. I always thought he was a brilliant player ASM
  • Score: 7

11:28am Mon 27 Jan 14

nonnogeppetto says...

"AFC Bournemouth: Howe stays quiet over link with Spurs defender Smith"

Who in their right mind (football manager or any other business person) would publicise their intentions? Of course he will remain quiet! Come on Echo stop listening to players' agents and give Eddie Howe a helping hand by not forcing him to reveal who is looking at.
"AFC Bournemouth: Howe stays quiet over link with Spurs defender Smith" Who in their right mind (football manager or any other business person) would publicise their intentions? Of course he will remain quiet! Come on Echo stop listening to players' agents and give Eddie Howe a helping hand by not forcing him to reveal who is looking at. nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 7

12:53pm Mon 27 Jan 14

bobsworthforever says...

Quite right Eddie keep quiet until its a done deal but if it is straight in the side in place of Francis for me although he played well Saturday should have had penalty
Quite right Eddie keep quiet until its a done deal but if it is straight in the side in place of Francis for me although he played well Saturday should have had penalty bobsworthforever
  • Score: -2

1:02pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Marvreturns says...

Cant see why we need Smith to be honest. He was good going forwards but like many modern full backs, couldnt actually defend very well! Cant see him being any better than Francis.
Cant see why we need Smith to be honest. He was good going forwards but like many modern full backs, couldnt actually defend very well! Cant see him being any better than Francis. Marvreturns
  • Score: 0

4:08pm Mon 27 Jan 14

canfordcherry says...

The fact that they have published this article has 'spilt the beans' already if we were going for him on the quiet. Well done Echo for nothing!
The fact that they have published this article has 'spilt the beans' already if we were going for him on the quiet. Well done Echo for nothing! canfordcherry
  • Score: 2

6:35pm Mon 27 Jan 14

bmthtillidie says...

I have said on a number of occasions one of our weaknesses is back up for the full backs. AS would be a very good addition.to the squad and give Simon F genuine competition which he doesn't have at the moment. That said, he was my player of the season last year and is continuing to play well. I know Moses gave he a very hard time on Sat but given that he is multi million pound player trying to get a first team spot it wasn't unexpected for me.
Changing the subject I thought O'Kane looked a better player than Gerrard.
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I have said on a number of occasions one of our weaknesses is back up for the full backs. AS would be a very good addition.to the squad and give Simon F genuine competition which he doesn't have at the moment. That said, he was my player of the season last year and is continuing to play well. I know Moses gave he a very hard time on Sat but given that he is multi million pound player trying to get a first team spot it wasn't unexpected for me. Changing the subject I thought O'Kane looked a better player than Gerrard. UTC bmthtillidie
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