West Ham have had a loan bid rejected for Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling according to a report from the Sun.
Hammers boss David Moyes is clearly on the look-out for an established centre-back. And so he should be.
Our defensive record was appalling last season. And if we are to enjoy a decent Premier League campaign this season, strengthening our defence needs to be the main priority.
The Sun claims that Manchester United defender Chris Smalling was a transfer target for West Ham. But the Red Devils have allegedly knocked back a loan move from the Hammers for the 30-year-old centre-back.
He is a solid defender and has a lot left to offer at the highest level. But he doesn’t fit into the category of player David Moyes has suggested he wants to sign.
The former Fulham man spent last season in Serie A on loan with Roma.
Smalling racked up three goals and two assists in 30 league games for Roma (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).
The 6ft 4in centre-back impressed during his time in the Italian capital.
It seems as though Smalling has a bleak future under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford, however.
Judging by the Sun’s report though, West Ham will obviously have to make a cash offer for the 30-year-old rather than attempt a loan bid, if they do indeed want to bring him to the London Stadium before net month’s transfer deadline.