Newcastle register interest in Chris Smalling after Manchester United sign Lindelof – Reports
Newcastle United have registered an interest in signing Chris Smalling according to reports this morning.
The 27 year old played the full match as England drew 2-2 with Scotland last Saturday and since that appearance, Smalling has seen Manchester United go out and pay over Victor Lindelof from Benfica.
The centre-back’s time at Old Trafford has been a tale of injuries and competition for places, meaning he has never quite got to be a sure thing as a first team regular.
The 2015/16 season saw Chris Smalling make 35 Premier League starts but in the other six years at Old Trafford, he has never started more than 21 league matches.
Last season saw more of the same, so despite starting 29 games in all competitions, in the Premier League the England defender made only 13 starts and five appearances off the bench.
In cup competitions, both domestic and Europa League, Smalling actually started more games (16) with two more appearances off the bench.
Injuries in the squad helped the former Fulham player get a game in the vital Europa League final, helping Manchester United to get a clean sheet and 2-0 win.
The Independent report that their information is that as well as Newcastle’s interest in Chris Smalling, both West Ham and Everton are also considering bids.
Whilst you would have some concerns with his injury record, you would hope that would be factored into any asking price if Newcastle follow up their alleged interest with a bid.
Smalling is quick and that is something that Newcastle don’t really have at the moment in the middle of defence, with the possible exception of Ciaran Clark.
One or two signings like this, Premier League experienced players, could prove a massive boost to chances of Newcastle progressing next season.
With Lindelof arriving, it appears to confirm that Chris Smalling has little prospect of regular football at Old Trafford and at only 27, he has many years ahead of him to make a new career at another Premier League club.
Newcastle have been linked with any number of central defenders already and with both Grant Hanley and Chancel Mbemba looking to have no future at Newcastle, Newcastle need to bring in at least one new face and surely the aim would have to be for that signing to go straight into the first team and lift the quality.
As with any signing from the Premier League, wages will of course be an issue, Chris Smalling said to be on around £100,000 a week at Manchester United.
Smalling has two years left on the contract but looks sure to move and with the inexperienced Harry Maguire set to move for around £17m from Hull, picking up a 27 year old England international with over 30 caps, who has also won the Premier League and played regularly in Europe (Champions League and Europa League, could be good value for around the same price.
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