According to The Sun, Liverpool’s Brad Smith is set to join Bournemouth in a £6 million deal.
The report claims that the Cherries have made Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp an offer he simply can’t refuse, despite the German coach’s evident intentions to keep hold of him.
Bournemouth have already done some transfer business with Liverpool this summer, bringing in highly-rated winger Jordon Ibe for a reported £15 million fee.
Smith, a nine-capped Australian international, came through the Reds’ youth ranks and made his debut back in 2013 as the Merseyside club were defeated 2-1 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Despite predominantly being a left-back, the 22-year-old is also capable of playing further forward as a winger and, should he move to Bournemouth, he would provide boss Eddie Howe with plenty of options.
The Cherries already have the likes of Tyrone Mings and Charlie Daniels as potential left-back options, therefore Howe could see Smith as an ideal candidate to challenge for a left-wing spot.
The south coast side are showing their ambition this summer by splashing the cash, yet importantly for Howe he is looking at younger players with an idea of building a team for the future.
With options for regular football limited at Liverpool, Smith may see Bournemouth as an attractive option to develop his ability and if reports are correct it looks like he has already opted to make the move.