West Ham United have reportedly identified Manchester United star defender Chris Smalling as a possible summer transfer target, according to The Brentwood Gazette.
The Hammers have had an excellent season and are likely to try and make a statement in the transfer market this summer before moving to the Olympic Stadium in 2016-17.
Smalling has been a mainstay in the United team this season and one of the few admirable performers for an underachieving Red Devils outfit.
He is also set to feature at this summer’s Euro 2016 tournament, with the former Fulham man regarded as one of the best English defenders currently available to Roy Hodgson.
Signing Smalling seems unlikely but should Slaven Bilic’s men be able to pull off such an audacious deal it would really reiterate the club’s ambitions of challenging for Champions League qualification on a perennial basis.
A fee in the region of £20 million is being touted in the report.