West Ham: Manchester United defender linked; in-demand midfielder chased; striker “like a little kid”

West Ham: Manchester United defender linked; in-demand midfielder chased; striker "like a little kid"

West Ham are reportedly monitoring the situation of Manchester United defender Chris Smalling as Jose Mourinho prepares to make additions to his defence in January, say the Daily Star. The England international has worn the captains armband for the Red Devils at times this season but has been linked with a move away of late.

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It is believed that United would not allow Smalling to move on as he is still seen as a valuable option for the club, but he would certainly represent a quality addition for the Hammers.

Another good addition could be Olympiakos’ Serbian midfielder Luka Milivojevic, say the Daily Star. The 25-year-old has also been linked with Valencia and has scored four and got two assists in 20 appearances so far this season, but could now be available for a fee over £8.5 million in January.

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The holding midfielder has been heavily scouted by West Ham representatives and an approach may be made in the coming weeks.

Slaven Bilic has praised the enthusiasm of Andy Carroll after the striker completed 90 minutes against both Burnley and Hull City last week, and the Croatian has now said:

“I spoke to him and he said he feels good… He feels good in his body and I am delighted… Maybe before it was always holding him back and that could be one of the reasons why he was getting injured… I was watching Andy playing for Newcastle, Liverpool and West Ham on television. You can see that energy. I can only talk about this season and last season. His first game was against Newcastle and we were winning 2-0 at home but he came on and was like a little kid in the last 15 minutes. He wanted to do everything. That is the key for every player or for every man no matter what your job is to have that intensity in itself.”

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The once England international scored against Arsenal on his initial return but has not scored since and will hope to find his name on the scoresheet soon.

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