Burnley have made an approach to Bournemouth to sign defender Adam Smith, according to Football Insider.
The report claimed that the Clarets have made an enquiry about the 29-year-old, who is entering the final year of his current deal at the Vitality Stadium.
Football Insider added that the Cherries are willing to listen to offers for their key players following their relegation from the Premier League and would rather sell the right-back now than risk losing him on a free transfer next summer.
Smith, who is valued at £6.3m by TransferMarkt, played 144 times for Bournemouth in the Premier League and 238 times in total for the south coast club. He was a regular feature in Eddie Howe’s line-up for each of the Cherries’ five seasons in the top flight, which included 24 league starts last term.
During the 2019/20 season, he won two tackles and made one interception per game, while he proved adept at drawing fouls from opponents, winning 1.7 free kicks per match. The 29-year-old is also composed when in possession, recording a passing success rate of 79.5%. [via WhoScored]
Were he to sign for Burnley, he would be competing with Matthew Lowton and Phil Bardsley for a place in Sean Dyche‘s starting line-up. The Clarets’ right-back duo are 31 and 35 respectively, with Bardsley rapidly approaching the end of his career.
Both defenders won more tackles and made more interceptions per game than Smith last season, although the Bournemouth man has one clear advantage on the Burnley duo. In terms of passing accuracy, he far outstrips both Lowton (68.6%) and Bardsley (66.1%), with neither Clarets player being especially strong in retaining possession.
Smith has vast Premier League experience, is far better in possession than Burnley’s current right-back options and could be relatively easy to acquire, with Bournemouth open to offers for their key assets.
Would Adam Smith be a good signing for Burnley?
On several levels, this seems like a sensible target for the Turf Moor outfit and it’s no surprise that Dyche sees him as a possible successor to the ageing Bardsley, who may find himself phased out of first team contention if the Cherries defender makes the move north.
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