Adam Smith says that Jermain Defoe would ‘thrive’ at Bournemouth as the striker ponders his future following Sunderland’s relegation.
Smith was a team-mate of Defoe at Tottenham earlier in his career, while Defoe himself had a successful loan spell with the Cherries as a teenager.
The 34-year-old England man is understood to have a clause in his contract allowing him to leave the Black Cats on a free now that they have slipped into the Championship.
And defender Smith believes he would be an excellent fit with Bournemouth, telling the Daily Echo: “I did have a word with him after the game, actually, but I can’t go into too much detail.
“Hopefully, he will come here next season. He is constantly on your shoulder and really annoying to play against.
“I think he would thrive in our team and, with all our creative players, he would get loads of chances.”