According to Metro, Manchester United could agree a deal with West Ham United for Chris Smalling, with Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini targeting the 28-year-old as part of his £70m summer spending spree. The report says Smalling could be offloaded as the Red Devils are looking to strengthen their backline with Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld.
Pellegrini and new Director of Football Mario Husillos are in the market for a goalkeeper and centre-back this summer, likely because West Ham conceded 68 goals in the Premier League last season. The Londoners are targeting Swansea City’s Alfie Mawson and ‘keeper Lukasz Fabianski to bolster their porous backline, but Smalling is high on their wishlist.
The 28-year-old could be moved on from Old Trafford as the Red Devils are eyeing an upgrade in Alderweireld. He was a regular in defence under Mourinho last season, making 29 Premier League appearances in 2017/18, but he has 12 months left on his deal which leaves United with a decision to make.
Either the Manchester giants cash in on Smalling this summer or they risk losing him for free in 2019 should they fail to agree to an extension. West Ham could capitalise on the situation if they lodge an acceptable bid.