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Hammers preparing £10 million move

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West Ham are preparing a £10 million bid for out of favour Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, according to the Daily Star.

The reports come only days after Smalling was allegedly told by Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho that he is free to leave the club this summer and is no longer part of his plans going forward.

With United having only today completed the £31 million signing of Benfica central defender Victor Lindelof to all but end Smalling’s career at Old Trafford, it appears West Ham are stepping up their interest in the defender.

The Hammers themselves are looking for defensive reinforcements this summer after a poor showing at the back last season, but will have to compete with a number of other clubs including Everton and Arsenal should they wish to land the Englishman.

The 27-year-old established himself as a first team regular and England international under the management of Louis Van Gaal (if he could remember his name of course), but has struggled for playing time since Jose Mourinho took charge at the start of last season and now finds himself surplus to requirements.

Smalling is valued at £15 million by United, however it is believed he could be allowed to leave for a fee in the region of £10 million.

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