West Ham are readying an offer for Manchester United enforcer Chris Smalling this summer in case Jose Mourinho’s side sign another defender, according to a report.
Metro claims that the Hammers are lining up the 28-year-old centre-back and are considering a move to bring him to the London Stadium this summer.
It is understood that Man United are in the hunt to sign Tottenham sensation Toby Alderweireld, which could leave them needing to offload a defender if he joined.
The report details that West Ham would try pounce for Smalling’s signature in that scenario and that their new manager Manuel Pellegrini has a £70million budget to spend this summer, where he hopes to sign two new centre-backs.
Football Insider verdict:
West Ham’s backline certainly does need a revamp over the summer and it seems like Pellegrini has made that a main priority to help them succeed next season. The Hammers do have some decent options in the shape of Declan Rice, Angelo Ogbonna and Winston Reid, but do perhaps look a little thin on the ground. Smalling is a powerhouse defender that has bags of Premier League experience and the 31-time capped England international would help improve the West Ham XI. He is a towering 6ft 4in (source: Transfermarkt) colossus that is brilliant in the air and also decent with the ball at his feet. The ball-playing centre-back made 46 appearances in the recent season for Man United and chipped in with four goals too. It is unclear if Jose Mourinho’s side would be willing to sanction the defender’s exit or not, but the Hammers should be hot on the trail if he does become available.
In other West Ham transfer news, Rangers are plotting a bid to sign an enforcer exiting the London Stadium this summer.