Premier League club Everton are looking into a potential deal for Chris Smalling, whose future at Manchester United remains under question beyond the summer.
The England international has commanded a regular role at the heart of the defence this term, but most of it has resulted from injuries to his centre-backs.
Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Marcus Rojo have been sidelined at some stage of the campaign, and this has enabled Smalling to feature regularly from the starting lineup.
Despite this, Jose Mourinho considers the 28-year-old dispensable ahead of the summer, and Everton are presently monitoring his situation, according to The Mirror.
As per the report, Toffees boss Sam Allardyce is tracking the developments of Smalling as he plans to reinforce an ageing backline which includes the likes of Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka.
United are normally well covered in the central defensive department, but injuries have tended to find themselves short during Mourinho’s time in-charge.
The Portuguese tactician has plans to recruit a new central defender during the summer, and this could potentially affect the future of one of Phil Jones or Chris Smalling.
Rojo only signed a fresh deal earlier in the month, and this leaves the above-mentioned pair under threat for their positions, given Bailly and Victor Lindelof were recruited under Mourinho’s guidance.