Reports that West Ham are leading the chase to sign Manchester United defender Chris Smalling are wide of the mark yet again.
The defender has two years to run on his current deal at Old Trafford but new reports claim Jose Mourinho is ready to sell the player if clubs can match his £15million valuation.
Slaven Bilic lavished praise on Chris Smalling after the England v Slovakia last year, which started a few conspiracy theories running.
Following the game at the time he said: “Smalling’s great on the ball, can pass well, is very vocal, a leader, great in the air, very quick”
Bilic maybe an admirer but we have said it before and we will say it again, the club’s absolute priority is getting two strikers and defenders are not on the radar at the moment.
Earlier this week we were told by a senior club source “We want two front men with one definitely on permanent terms and the other the same or on loan. We get a little closer every day.”
There’s no other business in mind although were a speedy winger to become available that may be of some interest to us.”
This morning we have been told that position hasn’t changed.
I do like Smalling as a player although he has his fair share of injuries.
Yes and we have 4 CBs with 2 of them have decent amount of injury problems. Smalling is decent player but for the money would have liked Maguire BC he is younger big strong lad but surprisingly quick and very good on the ball which Chris is not so much and we could use that type of defender. But looks as if Leicester are close to finishing a deal with him.
Otherwise we have Djourou who is 30 add to our aging defence but free and 10 years premier league experience. And can play at RB!
Other wise we be smart to look in Championship or Bundesliga. Wanted Brooks but Hoffienheim got him.
I like Tom Lees from Sheffield Wednesday he is premier league quality at 24 is hitting is stride and would be for the future.
And 2 strikers are priority bc we haven’t had scent striker situation in years.
But we need CBs too especially of we continue to play 3 at the back. So we could get Djourou on free for back up and give Declan Rice some chances. Bc 4 Centre halves 2 of which have injury problems and they are the younger of the 4. So need back up
I think Smalling is a little Overrated .