West Ham eyeing move for Manchester United defender

Chris Smalling after Man United winner vs City

According to the Metro, West Ham are monitoring Manchester United defender Chris Smalling who could become available this summer if United sign Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld or any other central defender.

Experienced centre-back

Smalling is now 28 years of age and has had a long successful career which he began with National League side Maidstone United.

Smalling would then sign for Fulham in 2008 on a free transfer. However, he would play just 19 games for Fulham before signing for United in 2010 for a fee in the region of £7.2 million.

Since joining United Smalling has racked up an impressive 289 appearances for the Premier League giants.

During his time at United Smalling has won two Premier Leagues, one FA Cup, one League Cup, one Europa League and three Community Shields.

However, Smalling now looks to be getting pushed out of United’s side as Mourinho looks to improve his defence in order to challenge Manchester City next season.

Harry Kane vs Manchester United

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 21: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur is challenged by Chris Smalling of Manchester United during The Emirates FA Cup Semi Final match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium on April 21, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

£75 million ‘war chest’

West Ham have recently appointed Manuel Pellegrini as their new boss and Pellegrini is set to be given up to £75 million in order to bring some fresh legs to West Ham.

When appointed West Ham boss, Pellegrini stated:

“West Ham had a difficult season last season and I hope that next season we are going to play football that will delight the fans.

“I always play ­attacking ­football and we must try to reach important targets in the season.

“I am excited about this ­project. My mentality is always to have a winning mentality and I will hope that I can ­repeat here what I did with all my clubs here in Europe, where I have always arrived in ­European competition.”

Given his experience, Smalling could well be the perfect signing for Pellegrini’s new look West Ham side and could join the likes of Felipe Anderson who is close to joining the Hammers.

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