According to a report from 90 Min, West Ham want to sign Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling this summer. But they will face competition from Everton and Newcastle for his signature.
The Hammers, the Toffees and the Magpies all need to bolster their central defensive ranks this summer.
David Moyes must sell before he can buy at the London Stadium. Funds will be fairly tight for Steve Bruce at St James’ Park unless there is finally a takeover on Tyneside. Carlo Ancelotti, meanwhile, will undoubtedly be given lavish funds to spend at Goodsion Park.
90 Min claims West Ham, Newcastle and Everton all want to sign Manchester United defender Chris Smalling this summer.
And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is allegedly prepared to let the 30-year-old leave Old Trafford for around £20 million.
It could be argued that we are the club in most need of signing an established centre-back this summer, however.
Angelo Ogbonna was in sensational form last season, but he probably only has two or three years left at the very highest level. Meanwhile, Winston Reid, Fabian Balbuena and Issa Diop all face uncertain futures at the London Stadium.
But would Smalling be a good signing for West Ham?
Firstly, the 30-year-old doesn’t fit into the category of young with lots of potential. That is the kind of player David Moyes wants to bring to east London this summer.
Secondly, he won’t be cheap. The Hammers have next to no money to spend and they must sell first before they can buy. So Smalling’s £20 million price-tag is obviously problematic.
And thirdly, is he actually better that what Moyes already has at his disposal? The answer is probably no. He is certainly not better than Ogbonna or Diop. And let’s not forget that Declan Rice can also play at centre-back if required.
We should be avoiding this one. Let’s just let Newcastle and Everton have a free run at Smalling.
The 30-year-old is not the kind of player we should be signing this summer.