Emerging reports linking West Ham with a new defensive target this summer should be a cause for concern…
It’s claimed that the Scot is after a new right-back, but one that can also play on the opposite side, and that’s why the 29-year-old is deemed as an ideal option.
Whilst it still remains to be seen how much the Cherries starter would command in any potential deal, Transfermarkt value him at just £6.3m.
Although Moyes is credited with interest, this swoop reeks of being the perfect choice for GSB as he’ll come on the cheap and isn’t going to be the marquee signing that many are longing for in east London.
He wouldn’t be much of an upgrade either – he’s never been capped internationally and was part of the Bournemouth side that were relegated from the Premier League last season.
During the 2019 season, the 29-year-old did manage to silence the likes of Felipe Anderson and Michail Antonio, winning both games against the Irons but that’s not convincing enough to suggest he’d be a good option.
Per WhoScored, Smith managed just one assist all season and averaged two tackles, two clearances and 0.3 crosses per game, which are all fewer than what current first-choice right-back Ryan Fredericks managed.
Having sold Grady Diangana to West Brom much to the fans and even their skipper’s surprise, GSB simply cannot look to spend the funds on a player like this.
They ought to use the money to bring in a big name or promising talent that’ll bring excitement back to the London Stadium.
A swoop for Smith has to simply be a no-go.
AND in other news, West Ham make 6 foot 1 colossus their number ONE target…