According to SkySports Adam Smith has been lined up for a loan move to AFC Bournemouth, in a move that could save his damaged reputation.
The 22-year-old was one of the most sought after loan players in the summer, spurning the interest of a switch to heavy promotion favourites Queens Park Rangers to eventually end up enduring a disappointing spell at Derby County.
Nigel Clough beat off heavy competition to eventually land the former England U21 defender to replace the outgoing John Brayford.
However, due to the form of Brayford's understudy Kieran Freeman, he found it difficult to break into the Derby County first team and had to wait nearly a month before making his League debut for the club.
Incoming manager Steve McClaren made it clear that he had no plans for Smith in his running at the club and after bringing in Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom, he terminated the youngster's season-long loan sending him back to London with his tail between his legs.
Bournemouth are now said to be lining up a loan move for Smith, which would be his second spell at the club after enjoying a loan there in the 2010/2011 season.
A good 6-months in the Championship is exactly what the player needs to rebuild the reputation he damaged at Derby.
It could turn out to be a shrewd move by Eddie Howe by bringing in a player desperate to prove to the new management at White Hart Lane that he has the potential to make it as a top Premier League player.