Everton have had a loan move for former England international Chris Smalling rejected by Manchester United, as reported by BBC Sport.
The Toffees find themselves short of defensive cover for Michael Keane and Yerry Mina, with Mason Holgate potentially leaving, as reported by The Daily Mail and Matthew Pennington set to join Hull City on loan, according to The Liverpool Echo.
If this scenario were to play out, Lewis Gibson could be left as Everton’s back-up defender if nobody is recruited to replace them.
Smalling played 24 Premier League matches for United last season, scoring one goal, as per WhoScored.
The 29-year-old averaged 1.3 tackles, 1.1 interceptions, 4.4 clearances and 1 block per game throughout the campaign.
Mina is likely the Everton man Smalling would be looking to overtake to get into the starting line-up – with Keane having started 33 league matches last season.
The Colombian averaged 1.1 tackles, 0.6 interceptions, 3.8 clearances and 0.4 blocks per game throughout the 2018/19 campaign.
Smalling executed more of each contribution than Mina, highlighting that he could be a better option to have alongside Keane than the former Barcelona man.
Smalling would be a good signing for Everton if they can pull it off, as they definitely need extra recruits in defence.
With United turning down their initial offer, the Toffees should either go back in with an improved loan bid or try to sign the man who has been capped by England 31 times on a permanent deal.
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