By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Brad Smith will be given the green light to fly to the UK from Liverpool’s US training base in the next 24 hours to complete a £6million move to Bournemouth, according to a report.
The left-back trained with the Liverpool squad in Pato Alto on Sunday after it emerged on Saturday night that he had been the subject of a bid from Eddie Howe’s team.
The Mail claim he is expected to be given permission to fly home in the next 24 hours and seal a transfer to Bournemouth.
This comes after Sky Sports reported on their official Twitter account that Liverpool haf given their Premier League rivals permission to discuss personal terms with the left-back, 22.
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Smith, who flew out with Liverpool on Thursday to join their USA tour, is set to become the latest in a line of young players to leave Anfield.
Jordon Ibe, 20, joined Bournemouth from Liverpool in a £15million deal a fortnight ago and Sergi Canos, 19, moved to Norwich for £2.5million.
Cherries boss Howe already has left-backs Charlie Daniels and Tyrone Mings but Smith can also play on the left wing.
Australia international Smith has made 11 appearances for Liverpool and delivered a series of impressive performances last season when he stood in for first-choice Alberto Moreno.
Smith’s seemingly imminent departure will prompt speculation that manager Jurgen Klopp has another left-back lined up to compete with Moreno for the No1 spot.
In other Liverpool transfer news, this is what new signing Georginio Wijnaldum said when asked about his best playing position.