Our resident Manchester United fans here inside the Football Transfer Tavern nearly choked on their pints after reading the news from the Brentwood Gazette (via the Daily Star) – with the publication suggesting West Ham United are plotting a shock £20 million move for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling.
The England international has been in fantastic form for the Red Devils this season, and has arguably been one of the club’s most consistent players this campaign.
The 26-year-old is all but certain set to start for England in the upcoming Euro 2016 tournament in France this summer, and it seems that the Hammers want to lure the Greenwich-born man to east London ahead of their first season in the Olympic Stadium.
Our resident United fans are not happy with this piece of transfer gossip, and think it would be ridiculous if Smalling left United for West Ham, with them all agreeing it would be a major step backwards in his career!
Meanwhile, a handful of Hammers fans over by the pool table admit they would love to see Smalling at West Ham next season, and feel him and Ogbonna would be a formidable partnership at the heart of defence.
West Ham United fans….. What do you make of this news? Would you like to see Smalling at the club next season? Is £20m a bargain? Let us know below!