A bid was accepted, the player flew home, and a medical was taken. Today, Bournemouth put a bow on their £6M capture of 22-year-old Australian left back Brad Smith, officially announcing that he has joined Eddie Howe’s side on a permanent deal.
Smith, who grew up in Sydney, moved to England to join Liverpool as a youth player in 2008 and impressed as he moved through the ranks at the academy. He made his senior debut in 2013, making a substitute appearance in the second half against Chelsea on the road.
Though he didn’t look out of place in that match, Smith wouldn’t make it back onto the pitch that season, and he got his next taste of first team football in 2014-15 when he was loaned out to Swindon Town, where he made 10 total appearances for the League One side.
He returned to Liverpool hoping to negotiate an extended stay but wasn’t able to agree terms with the club, becoming a free agent last summer. Liverpool, though, retained his rights, meaning any club that signed him would have to pay training compensation.
Nobody did, and in the end he re-signed at Anfield, where he made 10 appearances and scored one goal. A major role at Liverpool, though, never seemed on the cards for Smith, and when the season ended the player was told he could look for a new club.
He found a willing suitor in Bournemouth, who felt confident enough in him to pay £6M. Liverpool, meanwhile, have protected themselves by adding in buyback and sell-on clauses, just as they did in the case of Jordon Ibe when Bournemouth bought him earlier in the summer.
“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity here,” Smith said following the confirmation of his Bournemouth move. “It all happened quite quickly. I knew there was a bit of interest and then they put the bid in, Liverpool accepted and we went from there really.
“Bournemouth did really well last season and I think the club can be a great team in the Premier League for many years to come. They’re just getting started really. I think it’ll be a good fit for me and I can’t wait to get going here.”