The Sun have claimed that West Ham United have seen a loan bid rejected for Manchester United and England defender Chris Smalling, with the centre-back’s expected to return to Italy seemingly running out of time.
Smalling, 30, joined Roma last summer on a season-long loan and has since starred for the Italians – clocking up 37 appearances in all competitions for Paulo Fonseca’s side. He has now returned to Manchester United, but his future is still in doubt.
The former Fulham man is behind the likes of Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly in the pecking order – while Axel Tuanzebe could be preferred given he is a lot younger. The latest report says West Ham have seen a move for Smalling rejected.
Smalling, a £7million (BBC) signing from Fulham in 2010, has entered the final two years of his £70,000-a-week contract at Old Trafford (Spotrac). With a few days left, a return to Italy is running out of time – but West Ham have been rejected.
TBR’s view – Smalling would have been ideal for West Ham
England international, experienced in the Premier League and now full of confidence after an excellent season at Roma – Smalling would have been a good addition for the Hammers, and is likely to be available for a cheap-ish fee.
With a loan being rejected, perhaps the Hammers should return for Smalling but look to land the London-born defender on a permanent basis – a deal which Manchester United may prefer.