By Harvey Byrne

West Ham are eyeing a shock move for Manchester United and England defender Chris Smalling.

Hammers fan news site KUMB claim that the London club are looking at the possibility of bringing the 26-year-old to the Olympic stadium.

This move is largely considered a shock as Smalling has been a mainstay in the Old Trafford defence since joining the club.

However, the centre-back who is currently representing England at the European Championships in France could be surplus to requirements following the appointment of Jose Mourinho.

A recent report in the Metro claimed that the Portuguese boss would be willing to part with the former Fulham defender despite being a regular under previous manager Louis Van Gaal in the recently completed domestic season.

The Greenwich-born defender began his career at Millwall’s Academy, although it was at Maidstone United when he attracted Premier League sides Middlesbrough and Fulham.

Smalling joined Manchester United in 2010 after just 18 months at Craven Cottage and has established himself as a regular in the last two seasons under Louis van Gaal following the exits of the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Jonny Evans.

The tall defender has gone on to become a first team regular for Manchester United playing 173 times for the club, while he’s also represented his country in 28 encounters.

Smalling starred in 55 fixtures for United in the recently completed domestic season across all competitions, but his season didn’t end well as the centre-back saw a second yellow card during extra-time in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace.

In other West Ham news, Hammers owner David Gold believes that four of his players would not qualify for a work permit if Britain were not a part of the European Union.