Newcastle United are reportedly targeting a transfer move for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling in the summer window, according to Sky Sports.
As per the outlet, Steve Bruce is looking to strengthen his defence, and Smalling leads his wish list. The 30-year old has just two years left on his current deal at Old Trafford and is apparently available for transfer.
It is understood that Bruce is looking at bringing in a core of British players to St James’ Park, and the English international certainly fits the bill, having played 31 times for England’s senior team since making his debut in 2011 under Fabio Capello, scoring one goal (via Transfermarkt).
Would Smalling start for Newcastle?
However, he has allegedly been deemed surplus to requirements at Manchester United, coming off the back of spending the 2019/20 season on loan in Italy with AS Roma, where he played in 37 matches in all competitions, netting three times and providing two assists (per the website).
The former Fulham man may well be a decent addition in the northeast if Newcastle can land him. Smalling has a vast amount of experience playing in the Premier League, having racked up 219 appearances across 11 consecutive campaigns, according to Transfermarkt.
The central defender has also had a trophy-laden career, including two league titles and several other domestic trophies with Manchester United, as per Transfermarkt.
Smalling’s experience could be an asset to the Magpies and, following his much-heralded performances in Italy, perhaps the Red Devils centre-back would have a lot to offer to Newcastle.
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