Reds defender set for Cherries switch

Liverpool have accepted a bid from Bournemouth for defender Brad Smith, who will join Jordan Ibe at the Vitality Stadium.

Liverpool: Reds defender set for Cherries switchLiverpool: Reds defender set for Cherries switch

The 22-year-old left-back was on Liverpool’s tour of the United States, but will now return to England to hold talks with Bournemouth over a move to the Vitality Stadium.

If terms can be agreed, Smith will become the second player to leave Liverpool for Bournemouth this summer following Ibe’s club record £15m switch to the south coast.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has been busy adding to his squad ahead of the new season and has already secured the services of Ibe, Nathan Ake, Emerson Hyndman, Lys Mousset and Lewis Cook.

Smith, capped nine times by Australia, made his Liverpool debut in December 2013, coming on as a second-half substitute in the 2-1 defeat away at Chelsea.

He spent time on loan at Sky Bet League One side Swindon Town, featuring 10 times during a short loan spell at the County Ground in 2014/15.

Smith made 10 appearances for Liverpool last season, scoring in the 2-2 FA Cup third round draw at Exeter in January.

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