Trio target Smalling as Man Utd stick modest price on defender

Date published: Wednesday 14th June 2017 11:46

Chris Smalling: Wants improvement from United

Chris Smalling will choose between moves to West Ham, West Brom and Everton after being told he can leave Manchester United this summer.

The England defender appears to become one of the fall guys of Jose Mourinho’s summer recruitment drive at Old Trafford, with reports suggesting he will make way for £30.7million capture Victor Lindelof.

And the Daily Telegraph are reporting that Smalling will be made available for just £15million after being deemed surplus to requirements by Mourinho.

The paper claims Mourinho has serious reservations that Smalling is good enough for United, while the United boss has also questioned the England defender’s mindset at regular intervals during the season.

The 27-year-old missed six weeks of the season after suffering a broken toe in a Europa League win over Fenerbahce at Old Trafford in October that resulted in Mourinho questioning his desire to play through the pain barrier.

Smalling has recently changed agents in a bid to help him get the best move and West Ham, West Brom and Everton are three of the clubs monitoring his situation.

Reports have indicated that West Ham lead the race for the Greenwich-born star, who joined United in a £12million deal from Fulham back in January 2010.

However, Everton also believe they have a good chance of recruiting the defender, who is settled in the north-west and wouldn’t have to leave the area if he were to join Ronald Koeman’s side.

Smalling has made 243 appearances during his six-and-a-half-year stint at Old Trafford, but has fallen way down Mourinho’s pecking order.

The defender was voted Players’ Player of the Year for United at the end of former manager Louis van Gaal’s final season in charge. But Mourinho wants to partner Eric Bailly with Lindelof, while Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones are the preferred back-up options, leaving Smalling as the odd one out.

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