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ExWHUemployee names player he suggested to West Ham owner David Sullivan on deadline day

ExWHUemployee has claimed that he emailed David Sullivan and suggested that West Ham sign Manchester United defender Chris Smalling.

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The 30-year-old Red Devils centre-back is no longer wanted by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford (Daily Mail).

Smalling was set to join Roma from Manchester United, but his move to Italy collapsed at the late stages of dealings between the two clubs (Independent).

Football Insider contradict that claim, however, suggesting that the centre-back’s move to Serie A is still on.

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West Ham were linked with a move to sign the 31-capped England international earlier this summer (the Sun).

The 6ft 4in centre-back is a very good defender. He is aerially dominant and would surely be a very good addition for us.

And ExWHUemployee today said that he has suggested Smalling to West Ham chairman David Sullivan:

Stats

Smalling racked up three goals and two assists in 30 league games for Roma last season (Who Scored).

In those outings he averaged 0.8 tackles, 1.9 interceptions, four clearances and 1.2 blocks per game. The 31-capped England international also won 3.2 aerial duals on average per match during those games (Who Scored).

We certainly could do a lot worse than the Manchester United defender. And although at 30, he doesn’t fit in with David Moyes’ transfer philosophy, he would still strengthen our back-line considerably.


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