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.
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.
£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.