Hammers watching Bournemouth trio?
Author: Matthew Kirk. Published: 30 April 2016 at 11:11am
According to a report from The Sun, West Ham United are keen on signing Bournemouth right back Adam Smith during this summer’s transfer window and that would be the third Bournemouth player the Hammers have been linked with in the last week or two, Callum Wilson and Max Gradel have been recently reported as West Ham targets.
The Hammers have used a host of players at right back this season, with last season’s loanee Carl Jenkinson playing most of the season there before suffering a season-ending injury in January.
Since then, January signing Sam Byram has filled in, but his own injury has forced centre back James Tomkins and winger Michail Antonio into unfamiliar roles at right back.
Now though, The Sun report that West Ham could look to land another right back to add competition and cover for Byram, with Bournemouth’s Adam Smith wanted.
Smith, 25, started his career with West Ham’s fierce London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, and after loan spells with Wycombe, Torquay, Bournemouth, MK Dons, Leeds, Millwall and Derby County, he moved to Bournemouth on a permanent basis in January 2014.
This season, Smith has impressed at right back for the Cherries, and it seems that his performances have now triggered interest in his signature, with West Ham keen.
It’s claimed that Smith could be available for just £2m this summer, despite Bournemouth being safe from relegation back to the Championship – and at that price, West Ham could offer him a return to London and add some proven competition for Byram at right back.