Report: West Ham looking to sign former Spurs academy graduate

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According to a report in The Telegraph, West Ham United are looking to land former Tottenham defender Adam Smith this summer.

Smith came through the Tottenham academy and represented the club through the various age groups before making his Premier League debut for the club in 2011 (transfermarkt).

However, that proved to be his solitary first-team appearance for the full-back in a Spurs shirt after he failed to make the expected impact during some of his loan spells and was eventually sold to the Cherries in January 2014.

The defender has come into his own since his move to the Vitality Stadium and was a regular part of Bournemouth’s backline when they went on to consolidate their place in the Premier League.

The right-back was even linked with a return to Tottenham in 2017, with Mauricio Pochettino reportedly eyeing Smith as a replacement for Kyle Walker, who left to join Manchester City that summer.

The Telegraph suggests that the 29-year-old could now be set for a move to the London Stadium after Bournemouth’s relegation to the Championship, with David Moyes reportedly a fan of his versatility.

If the Hammers manage to complete a deal for Smith, that would mean that they could have two former Spurs academy graduates fighting it our for the right-back spot, with Ryan Fredericks also having come through the youth ranks in North London.

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In hindsight, Smith was definitely one that got away as his energy, aggressiveness and technical ability made him a perfect Pochettino full-back in many respects. It is a shame that the Argentine perhaps did not get a good look at the defender as Smith left soon just a few months after he arrived. I would be surprised if a Premier League club does not pick up the 29-year-old this summer as he still has a lot to offer.

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