Cardiff City have completed the signing of Bournemouth defender Brad Smith on a loan deal running until the end of the season, the club has confirmed.
Smith becomes the Bluebirds’ first signing of the transfer window after completing his temporary switch on Thursday afternoon, with the 25-year-old now set to provide an additional option at left-back for Cardiff boss Neil Harris.
The South Wales outfit side been on the hunt for someone to provide cover for Joe Bennett on the left side of defence following Armand Traore’s departure earlier this month, and it has now been confirmed that Smith has been signed in his place.
Smith has sealed his move to the Welsh capital after ending his loan spell with Seattle Sounders in November following their MLS Cup win, and he will now be targeting further success during the second half of the season with the Bluebirds.
The former Liverpool man has struggled to establish himself at Bournemouth since joining the club back in 2016, with Smith having registered just 20 appearances in all competitions for Eddie Howe’s side during this time.
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This signing will come as a relief to Cardiff fans given their club had been looking very quiet on the transfer front so far this month, with Smith now set to fulfil Harris’ pre-window aim of adding some full-back cover to his squad.
Smith will now be hungry to prove himself in English football following his struggles at Bournemouth so far, while the fact he arrives at Cardiff following a successful MLS campaign with Seattle Sounders means he will be riding a positive wave currently.
It seems likely that Smith will need to prove his credentials before breaking into the Cardiff side ahead of Bennett, but Smith should certainly get his fair share of playing time given that fixtures are now set to come thick and fast for the rest of the term.
It is now important that Cardiff remain active in the transfer market until it closes tomorrow evening, with the club still yet to sign a striker to boost their attacking ranks this month.